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Author of" The Impending Crisis of the South," " Nojoque," and other writings 
iu behalf of a Free and White America. 

"A coranassioa for that which is not and caunot be useful or lovely, is degrading and futile." 

Kali'U Waldo Emersoit. 
"Among the negroes, no science has been developed, and few questions are ever discussed, except 
those which have au intimate connection with the wants of the stomach." 

" It lias been proved by measurements, by microscopes, by analyses, that the typical negro is some- 
thing between a child, a dotard, and a beast. X cannot struggle against these sacred facts of science. 

WiNWonn Ueade. 
"Our countrv might well have shrunk from assuming the guardianship of the negro." 

Geokge Bancroft. 
«' It is the strictlv white races that are bearing onward the flambeau of civilization, as displayed in 
the Germanic families alone." JosiAU Clark Nott. 






Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1S68, by 
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In the Clerk's Oflfice of the District Court for the Southern District of New York, 


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Cannibalism in Negroland •••••15 

Human Butcheries, and Human Sacrifices in Negroland, . • • • . 19 

Human Skulls as Sacred Relics and Ornaments in Negroland, • • • . 25 

Blood-thirstiness and Barbarity of the Negroes in Negroland, , . . .29 

Slavery and the Slave-trade in Negroland, • 37 

Heathenish Superstition and "Witchcraft in Negroland, . • . . . 45 

Fetichism, Priestcraft, and Idolatry in Negroland, 57 

Rain Doctors, and Other Doctors in Negroland, 70 


Nakedness, Shamelessness, and Prostitution in Negroland, . . . .75 

Drunkenness and Debauchery in Negroland, 79 


Night Carousals, and Noisy and Nonsensical Actions in Negroland, . . 80 


Inhospitality to Strangers, Begging, Extortion, and Robbery in Negroland, . 82 

Wrangling, Lawlessness, Penury, and Misery in Negroland, . . . .89 

Theft, as a Fine Art, among the Africans, 94 

Lying, as an Accomplishment, among the Africans, ,,,,,, 97 


Duplicity and Venality of the Negroes in Negroland, 98 

Revolting Voracity and Gluttony of the Negroes in Negroland, . . .100 



Dislike of their own Color by the Negroes in Negroland, 102 

Courtship, Marriage, and Concubinage in Negroland, . • • . • .105 

Mumbo Jumbo in Negroland, • • . • • 117 

Funeral and Burial Rites in Negroland, , , , . 118 

Indolence and Improvidence of the Negroes, ..•••.. 122 

Timidity and Cowardice of the Negroes, 125 

African Anecdotes, 130 


Utter Failure and Inutility of all Missionary Enterprises in Negroland, . . 134 

Miscellaneous Peculiarities, Manners, Habits, and Customs, of the Negroes 
in Negroland, 138 

Huts, Hovels, and Holes (but no Houses) in Negroland, 152 


Gradual Decrease, and Probable Extinction of the Negro Race, . . . 158 

Natural, Repulsive, and Irreconcilable Points of Difference, Physical, Mental, 
and Moral, between the Whites and the Blacks, 162 

American Writers on the Negro, 173 

Mulattoes ; the Offspring of Crimes against Nature, 216 


Albinos, White Negroes, and Other Creatures of Preternatural Whiteness, . 223 

Increasing Preeminence and Predominance of the White Races, . . .227 

Appexdix I., ...*..• 237 

" II •..•••.•... 249 


The compiler of this volume deems it proper to protest 
here, at the very outset of his undertaking, against the un- 
just and ill-boding practice of indiscriminately stigmatizing 
as a traitor almost every man, whether in the North or in 
the South, in the East or in the West, who, in the exercise 
of his constitutional rights and honest convictions, raises his 
voice in opposition to the revolutionary and destructive 
measures of the party now dominant in oiu* National Legis- 
lature. With deep solemnity and truth, he declares that he 
was always earnest and emphatic, and even enthusiastic, — 
and not less so now than heretofore, — in deploring and 
condemning the act of secession, and, at the same time, in 
justifying and defending the principles upon which the Gov- 
ernment of the United States, when opposed by force of 
arms, maintained itself, and re-established its authority from 
the Potomac to the Rio Grande. Why, then, why does a 
man who never, by word nor by deed, gave the least aid or 
comfort to the rebellion, but, on the contrary, did all he 
could to weaken and suppress it, — why does a man of these 
antecedents, a plain, unpretentious citizen, who, until he* 
became a Republican, was always a Whig of the school of 
Clay and Webster ; who, from first to last, heartily endorsed 
and supported the administration of Abraham Lincoln, and 
who has no ambition beyond the exact knowledge and per- 
formance of his duty ; — why does a man of this sort find it 
impossible to yield his suffrage or commendation to the 
party now in power, — a party which, with Pharisaical boast- 




ing, lays claim to the distinctive and exclusive patriotisna 
of having saved the country from disruption ? The reason 
is broad, plain, and even more than sufficient. The party 
has, since the termination of the war, viciously and unpar- 
donably abandoned the old landmarks of just and sacred 
fealty to race ; and it is now advocating what means the 
prostitution in bulk of a great and good white integer to a 
small and bad black fraction. The policy of the Radical 
(not the Republican) party, if carried out to its logical ends, 
will inevitably result in the forced political, religious, civil, 
and social equality of the white and black races ; and the 
direful sequence of that result, so flagrantly unnatural and 
wrong in itself, can only be reasonably looked for in the ulti- 
mate degradation, division, and destruction of the Republic. 
It is in the sincere hope of lessening at least some of the 
dangers of the shocking and wide-spread calamities thus al- 
luded to, that this compilation is offered to an intelligent 
and discriminating public. 

There are now in the United States of America thirty 
millions of white people, who are (or ought to be) bound 
together b}^ the ties of a kindred origin, b}^ the affinities of a 
sameness of noble purpose, by the links of a common na- 
tionality, and by the cords of an inseparable destiny. We 
have here also, unfortunatelj" for us all, four millions of 
black people, whose ancestors, like themselves, were never 
known (except in ver}^ rare instances, which form the ex- 
ceptions to a general rule) to aspire to any other condition 
than that of base and beastlike slavery. These black 
people are, by nature, of an exceedingly low and grovelling 
disposition. They have no trait of character that is lovely 
or admirable. They are not high-minded, enterprising, nor 
prudent. In no age, in no part of the world, have the}', of 
themselves, ever projected or advanced any public or private 
Interest, nor given expression to any thought or sentiment 
that could worthily elicit the praise, or even the favorable 


mention, of the better portion of mankind. Seeing, then, 
thcat the negro does, indeed, belong to a lower and inferior 
order of beings, why, in the name of Heaven, why should we 
forever degrade and disgrace both ourselves and our pos- 
terity by entering, of our own volition, into more intimate 
relations with him ? May God, in his restraining mercy, for- 
bid that we should ever do this most foul and wicked thing ! 
Acting under the influence of that vile spirit of deception 
and chicanery which is always familiar with every false pre- 
tence, the members of a Radical Congress, the editors of a 
venal press, and other peddlers of perverted knowledge, are 
now loudly proclaiming that nowhere in our country, hence- 
forth, must there be any distinction, any discrimination, on 
account of color; thereby covertly inculcating the gross 
error of inferring or supposing that color is the only differ- 
ence — and that a very trivial difference — between the 
whites and the blacks ! Now, once for all, in conscientious 
deference to truth, let it be distin ctly made known and ac- 
knowledged, that, in addition to the black and baneful color 
of the negro, there are numerous other defects, physical, 
mental; and moral, which clearly mark him, wEen_compared 
with the white m an, as a ver ^jUffemuiandJnferior creature. 
^Miiie, therefore, with an involuntary repugnance which we 
cannot control, and with a wholesome antipathy which it 
would be both unnatural and unavailing in us to attempt to 
destroy, we behold the crime-stained blackness of the negro, 
let us, also, at the same time, take cognizance of 

His low and compressed Forehead ; 

His hard, thick Skull ; 

His small, backward-thrown Brain ; 

His short, crisp Hair ; 

His flat Nose ; 

His thick Lips ; 

His projecting, snout-like Mouth ; 


His strange, Eunuch-toned Voice ; 
The scantiness of Beard on his Face ; 
The Toughness and Unsensitiveness of his Skin ; 
The Thinness and Shrunkenness of his Thighs ; 
His curved Knees ; 
His calfless Legs ; 
His low, short Ankles ; 
His long, flat Heels ; 
His glut-shaped Feet ; 

The general Angularity and Oddity of his Frame ; 
The Malodorous Exhalations from his Person ; 
His Puerility of Mind ; 
His Inertia and Sleepy-headedness ; 
His proverbial Dishonesty ; 
His predisposition to fabricate Falsehoods ; and 
His Apathetic Indifference to all Propositions and Enter- 
prises of Solid Merit. 

Many other differences might be mentioned ; but the score 
and more of obvious and undeniable ones here enumerated 
ousfht to sutUce for the utter confusion and shame of all those 
disingenuous politicians and others, who, knowing better, and 
who are thus guilty of the crime of defeating the legitimate 
ends of their own knowledge, would, for mere selfish and 
pai'tisan x^urposes, convey the delusive impression that there 
is no other difference than that of color. 

Now, far more than at any time hitherto, the white people 
of the United States, influenced by circumstances which are 
well understood, seem to be particularly interested to know 
precisely what manner of man the negro is. This is an 
auspicious fact. It augurs favorably for the whole country. 
What the people require now is light, information, knowl- 
edge. Let them have this, and the great principles of 
Virtue, Truth, Right, and Honor will be maintained. Only 
let the masses of our people earnestly and fairly prosecqte 


their inquiries and investigations in reference to the negro, 
and they will, erelong, by the irresistible force of involun- 
tary conviction, come to pronounce an enlightened and just 
judgment upon all of the more important questions which 
now affect the relations of the two hetero2:eneous races amons: 
us. In the very nature and fitness of things, it cannot be 
otherwise than that the verdict which, at no distant day, 
may thus be looked for from the public, will be a conclusive 
finding and a finality against the negro, — a verdict which, 
of rightful necessity, must be sweepingly abrogative of all 
the hasty and unsound decisions which have been so recently 
and so rashly pronounced by the corrupt arbiters to whom 
the Radical party owes its inexpressibly ignoble and per- 
nicious existence. 

To many worthy persons, who desire to deal intelligently 
and honestly with the political questions which are now agi- 
tating the public mind, a thorough knowledge of the nature 
of the negro has become almost indispensable ; and, to all 
persons of this sort, it is humbly hoped and believed that this 
compilation may prove highly serviceable. Attention is par- 
ticularly invited to the testimonies, herein quoted, of such 
observant and veracious African travellers as Mungo Park, 
Denham, Clapperton, Lander, Livingstone, Barth, Lichten- 
stein, Du Chaillu, Caillie, Valdez, Bruce, Baker, Speke, Dun- 
can, Wilson, Moffat, Reade, Richardson, Burton, and Barrow. 
Following the interesting and instructive statements of these 
disinterested white men, mostly Europeans, who have seen 
the negro in Negroland, are also portrayed the opinions of 
numerous American writers, whose views of the negro, and 
of the races of men generally, are equally essential to a proper 
understanding of all the points in controvers3^ Of these Amer- 
ican writers, those from the North are here more particularly 
referred to ; and it is trusted that the reader will ponder well 
the words of such truly able and representative men as John 
Adams, Daniel Webster, Horace Mann, Theodore Parker, 


Samuel George Morton, "William Henry Seward, and others 
of scarcely less distinction. Among the ablest and best of 
the Southern men, from whose writings on the negro, and on 
other kindred subjects, extracts are here given, will be noticed 
the names of Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Thomas Hart 
Benton, Abraham Lincoln, Montgomery Blair, and Josiah 
Clark Nott. No language of the compiler can do justice to 
the perfect portraiture which we have of the negro from the 
pen of the philosophic and profound Jefferson. Let his ster- 
ling words of wisdom be most thoroughly and attentively pe- 
rused. It will be particularly observed that everything herein 
quoted from him was written many years subsequently to the 
time when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. The 
fact should also be constantly borne in mind that, while in the 
Declaration of Independence Mr. Jefferson, in all rational 
probabilitj^, had no reference whatever to any race except 
that to which he himself belonged, in the extracts herein 
given, he discusses the negro by emphatic and frequent des- 
ignation, and in the most direct and positive manner. By 
reference to the Index, the reader will perceive the names of 
many other eminent and unimpeachable writers, both North- 
ern and Southern, — and also European, — to all of whom 
the compiler, at least, would here offer his most heart}' ac- 
knowledgments for much new and valuable information. 

There are many points of general dissatisfaction and dis- 
pute, which should not, on any account, be overlooked in the 
discussion of the subjects here presented. One of these is, 
that white people, whose reason and honor have not been vi- 
tiated, object to close relationship with negroes, not wishing 
to live with them in the same house ; not wishing to fellow- 
ship with them in the same society, assembly, or congrega- 
tion ; not wishing to ride with them in the same omnibus, 
car, or carriage ; and not wishing to mess with them at the 
same table, whether at a hotel, in a restaurant, on a steamer, 
or elsewhere. Now, any and every white person who does 


not think and act in strict accordance with the just and pure 
promptings here indicated, is, in reality, a most unworthy and 
despicable representative of his race. Even the lower animals, 
the creatures of mere instinct, — the beasts, the birds, and 
the fishes, — many distinct species of wdiich are apparently 
quite similar, set us daily and hourly examples of the emi- 
nent propriety of each kind forming and maintaining separate 
communities of their own ; and so we always find them, — 
in herds, in flocks, and in shoals^] How can the negro be a 
fit person to occupy, in any capacit}', our houses or our ho- 
tels, our theatres or our churches, our schools or our colleges, 
our steamers or our vehicles, or any other place or places 
of uncommon comfort and convenience, which owe their cre- 
ation, their proper uses, and their perpetuity, to the w^iites 
alone, — places and improvements about which the negro, of 
himself, is, and always has been, absolutely ignorant and in- 
different ?J Neither in his own country nor elsewhere has the 
nesfro ever built a house or a theatre ; he has never erected 
a church nor a college ; he has never constructed a steamer 
nor a railroad, nor a railroad-car, — nor, except when under 
the special direction and control of superior intelligence, has 
he ever invented or manufactured even the minutest append- 
age of any one of the distinctive elements or realities of 
human progress. Yet, let this not, by any means, be un- 
derstood as an argument, nor even as a hint, in behalf of 
slavery. It is to the great and lasting honor of the Repub- 
lic that slavery in the United States is abolished forever. 
In losing her slaves, the South lost nothing that was worth 
the keeping. Had slavery only been abolished b}^ law many 
years ago, our w^hole country would be infinitely better off 
to-day. 1 

Never will it be possible for the compiler to erase from his 

memory the feelings of weighty sadness and disgust which 

overcame him, a few months since, when, while sojourning 

in the city of Washington, he walked, one day, into the Cap- 



itol, and, leisurely passing into the galleries of the two houses 
of Congress, beheld there, uncouthly lounging and dozing 
upon the seats, a horde of vile, ignorant, and foul-scented 
negroes. He was perplexed, shocked, humiliated, and indig- 
nant, — and could not sit down. With merited emotions of 
bitterness and contempt for those narrow-minded white men, 
through whose detestable folly and selfishness so great an 
outrage against public propriety and decency had been per- 
petrated, he turned away ; — indeed, it was not in his power 
to contemplate with calmness that motley and monstrous 
manifestation of national incongruit}^, ugliness, and disgrace. 
Then it was that, for the first time in his life, he wished him- 
self a Hercules, in order that he might be able to clean, 
thoroughly and at once, those Augean stables of the black 
ordure and Eadical filth which, therein and elsewhere, had 
already accumulated to an almost insufferable excess. It 
was the powerful and long-lingering momentum of the im- 
pressions received on that occasion, more than any other 
circumstance, that gave definite form and resolution to the 
purpose (although the idea had been previously entertained) 
of preparing this compilation. The object of the compiler 
will have been well attained if the work aids materially in 
more fully convincing his countrymen, North, South, East 
and West, /'that negro equality, negro supremacy, and negro 
dominationTa's now tyrannically enforced at the point of the 
bayonet, are cruel and atrocious innovations, which ought to 
be speedily terminated. H. R. H. 

Abheville, North Carolina, June 2, 1868. 




•* It is plain, from all history, that two abominable practices, — 
the one the eating of men, the other of sacrificing them to the 
deTil, — prevailed all over Africa. The India trade, as we have 
seen in very early ages, first established the buying and selling of 
slaves ; since that time, the eating of men, or sacrificing them, 
has so greatly decreased on the eastern side of the peninsula, that 
now we scarcely hear of an instance of either of these that can be 
properly vouched. On the western part, towards the Atlantic 
Ocean, where the sale of slaves began a considerable time later, 
after the discovery of America and the West Indies, both of these 
horrid practices are general." — Bruce' s Africa, Vol. I., page 393. 

•'The common food of the natives of Ansiko is men's flesh, 
insomuch that their marliets are provided with that, as ours in 
Europe with beef or mutton : all prisoners of war, unless they can 
sell them alive with greater advantage, otherwise, as we said, 
they fatten them for slaughter, and at last sell them to the butchers. 
To this savage barbarity they are so naturalized, that some slaves, 
whether as weary of their lives, or to show their love to their 
masters, will proffer themselves freely to be killed and eaten. 
But that which is most inhuman, and beyond the ferocity of beasts, 
is, that the father scruples not to eat his son, nor the son his father, 
nor one brother the other, but take them by force, devouring their 
flesh, the blood yet reeking hot between their teeth." — Ogilby's 

Africa, page 518. 



*' Whosoever dies, be the disease never so contagious, yet they 
eat the flesh immediately, as a festival dish." — Ogilbifs Africa^ 
page 518. 

*' Bello, the Governor of Sackatoo, said that whenever a person 
complained of sickness amongst 'the Yamyams, even though only 
a slight headache, they are killed instantl}^ for fear they should 
be lost by death, as they will not eat a person that has died by 
sickness ; that the person falling sick is requested by some other 
family, and repaid when they had a sick relation ; that universall}^ 
when they went to war, the dead and wounded were always eaten ; 
that the hearts were claimed by the head men ; and that, on asking 
them why they eat human flesh, they said it was better than any 
other, and that the heart and breasts of a woman were the best 
part of the body." — Denliam and ClapiJertoii's Africa, Vol. IV., 
page 262. 

" Many of Ibrahim's party had been frequent witnesses to acts 
of cannibalism, during their residence among the Makkarikas. 
They described these cannibals as remarkably good people, but 
possessing a peculiar taste for dogs and human flesh. They ac- 
companied the trading party in their razzias, and invariably ate 
the bodies of the slain. The traders complained that they were 
bad associates, as they insisted upon killing and eating the chil- 
dren which the party wished to secure as slaves ; their custom 
was to catch a child b}' its ankles, and to dasli its head against 
the ground ; thus killed, they opened the abdomen, extracted the 
stomach and intestines ; and tying the two ankles to the neck, they 
carried the body by slinging over the shoulder, and thus returned 
to camp, where they divided it by quartering, and boiling it in a 
large pot. . . . One of the slave girls attempted to escape, 
and her proprietor immediately fired at her with his musket, and 
she fell wounded ; the ball had struck her in the side. The girl 
was remarkably fat, and from the wound a large \\xm^ of yellow 
fat exuded. No sooner had she fallen than the Makkarikas rushed 
upon her in a crowd, and, seizing the fat, they tore it from the 
wound in handfuls, the girl being still alive, while the crowd were 
quarrelling for the disgusting prize. Others killed her with a 


lance, and at once divided her by cutting oflf tlie head, and split- 
ting the body with their lances, used as knives, cutting longitudi- 
nally from between the legs along the spine to the neck." — Baker's 
Great Basin of the Nile, page 201. 

" The butchers' shops of the Anziques are filled with human 
flesh, instead of that of oxen or of sheep. For they eat the ene- 
mies whom they take in battle. They fatten, slay, and devour 
their slaves also, unless they think they shall get a good 
price for them. . . . There are indeed many cannibals, . . . 
but none such as these, since the others only eat their enemies; 
but these eat their own blood relations." — African Explorations 
by Eduardo Lopez, quoted hy Huxley, in Man''s Place in Nature, 
page 55. 

" On the occasion of the appointment of a chief to the supreme 
command, a bullock is sacrificed by the Samba Golambole, as also 
a white sheep, and a white or fawn-colored pigeon, together with 
various other victims. But the principal sacrifice is that of one 
slave from each of the nations under the dominion of the para- 
mount chief, the heads of whom are carried in triumph and ex- 
hibited to the populace, accompanied by drums and other instru- 
ments. The bodies are added to those of the other animals, and 
all cooked together, and distributed as a savory dish to the chief 
and the other nobles." — Valdez's Africa, Vol. II., page 331. 

" The next morning we moved off for the Fan village, and now 
I had the opportunity to satisfy myself as to a matter I had cher- 
ished some doubt on before, namely, the cannibal practices of 
these people. I was satisfied but too soon. As we entered the 
town I perceived some bloody remains which looked to me to be 
human; but I passed on, still incredulous. Presently we passed 
a woman who solved all doubt. She bore with her a piece of the 
thigh of a human body, just as we should go to market and carry 
thence a roast or a steak." — Du CTiaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 



*« Until to-day I never could believe two stories, — both well 
authenticated, but seeming quite impossible to any one un- 
acquainted with this people, — which are told of them on the Ga- 
boon. A party of Fans, who came down to the sea-shore once to 
see the sea, actually stole a freshly-buried body from the ceme- 
tery, and cooked it and ate it among them ; and another party 
took another body, conveyed it into the woods, cut it up, and 
smoked the flesh, which they carried away with them. The cir- 
cumstances made a great fuss among the Mpongwe, and even 
the missionaries heard of it, but I never credited the stories till 
now, though the facts were well authenticated by witnesses. In 
fact, the Fans seem regular ghouls, only they practise their horrid 
custom unblushingly and in open day, and have no shame about 
it. These stories seem so incredible, and even the fact that these 
people actually buy and eat the corpses of their neighbors — rest- 
ing as it does upon my statement alone — has excited so much 
evident disbelief among friends in the country, to whom I have 
mentioned this custom, that I am very glad to be able to avail 
myself of the concurrent testimony of a friend, the Kev. Mr. 
Walker, of the Gaboon mission, wiio authorizes me to say that he 
vouches for the entire trath of the two stories above related." — 
Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africay page 120. 

" While I was talking to the king to-day, some Fans brought in 
a dead body, which they had bought in a neighboring town, and 
which was now to be divided. I could see that the man had died 
of some disease. I confess I could not bear to stay for the cut- 
ting up of the body, but retreated when all was ready. It made 
me sick all over. I remained till the infernal scene was about to 
beo-in, and then retreated. Afterward I could hear them from 
my house growing noisy over the division. This is a form of can- 
nibalism — eating those who have died of sickness — of which I 
had never heard in any people ; so that I determined to inquire if 
it were indeed a general custom, or merely an exceptional freak. 
They spoke without embarrassment about the whole matter, and 
I was informed that they constantly buy the dead of the Osheba 
tribe, who, in return, buy theirs." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Af- 
ricaj page 120. 


"After visiting the house assigned me, I was taken through 
the town, where I saw more dreadful signs of cannibalism in piles 
of human bones, mixed up with offal, thrown at the sides of sev- 
eral houses." — Dm Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 105. 

** On going out next morning I saw a pile of ribs, leg and arm 
bones, and skulls piled up at the back of my house, which looked 
horrid enough to me. In fact, symptoms of cannibalism stare me 
in the face wherever I go." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 



" The main object contemplated in the national anniversary of 
Dahomey is, that the king may water the graves of his ancestors 
with the blood of human victims. These are numerous, consist- 
ing of prisoners taken in war, of condemned criminals, and of 
many seized by lawless violence. The captives are brought out 
in succession, with their arms pinioned, and a feticheer, laying 
his hand upon the devoted head, utters a few magic words, while 
another from behind, with a large scimitar, severs it from the 
body, when shouts of applause ascend from the suiTounding mul- 
titude. At any time when the king has a message to convey to 
one of his deceased relations, he delivers it to one of his subjects, 
then strikes off his head, that he may cany it to the other world ; 
and, if anything further occurs to him after he has performed this 
ceremony, he delivers it to another messenger, whom he de- 
spatches in the same manner. Another great object of this period- 
ical festival is the market for wives. All the unmarried females 
throughout the kingdom are esteemed the property of the sover- 
eign, and are brought to the annual customs, to be placed at his 
disposal. He selects for himself such as appear most beautiful 
and engaging, and retails the others at enormous prices to his 


chiefs and nobles. No choice on this occasion is allowed to the 
purchaser. In return for his twenty thousand cowries, a wife is 
handed out, and, even be she old and ugly, he must rest con- 
tented; nay, some, it is said, have in mockery been presented 
with their own mothers. The king usually keeps his wives up to 
the number of three thousand, who serve him in various capaci- 
ties, — being partly trained to act as a body-guard, regularly 
regimented, and equipped with drums, flags, bows and arrows, 
while a few carry muskets. They all reside in the palace, which 
consists merely of an immense assemblage of cane and mud tents, 
enclosed by a high wall. The skulls and jawbones of enemies 
slain in battle form the favorite ornament of the palaces and tem- 
ples. The king's apartment is paved, and the walls and roof 
stuck over with these horrid trophies ; and, if a further supply 
appears desirable, he announces to his general that his house 
wants thatch, when a war for that purpose is immediately under- 
taken." — Hurray's African Discoveries, page 199. 

. *' At Coomassie the customs, or human sacrifices, are practised 
on a scale still more tremendous than at Dahomey. The king had 
lately sacrificed on the grave of his mother three thousand victims, 
two thousand of whom were Fantee prisoners ; and at the death 
of the late sovereign, the sacrifice was continued weekly for three 
months, consisting each time of two hundred slaves. The absurd 
belief here entertained, that the rank of the deceased in the future 
world is decided by the train which he carries along with him, 
makes filial piety interested in jDromoting by this means the exal- 
tation of a departed parent. On these occasions, the caboceers 
and princes, in order to court royal favor, often rush out, seize the 
first person they meet, and drag him in for sacrifice. While the 
customs last, therefore, it is with trembling steps that any one 
crosses his threshold ; and, when compelled to do so, he rushes 
along with the utmost speed, dreading every instant the murder- 
ous grasp which would consign him to death." — Murraifs African 
Discoveries, page 204. 

*' The practice of offering human sacrifices to appease evil spirits 
is common ; but in no place more frequent, or on a larger scale. 


than in the kingdoms of Ashantee and Dahomi, and in the Bormy 
River. Large numbers of victims, chiefly prisoners of war, are 
statedly sacrificed to the manes of the royal ancestors in both of 
the first-mentioned places, and under circumstances of shocking 
and almost unparalleled cruelty. At the time of the death of a 
king, a large number of his principal wives and favorite slaves 
are put to death, not so much, however, as sacrifices to aj)pease 
his wrath, as to be his companions and attendants in another 
world, — a practice, which, though cruel and revolting in itself, 
nevertheless keeps up a lively impression of a future state of ex- 
istence." — Wilsoii's Africa, page 219. 

"We find throughout all the country north of 20°, which I con- 
sider to be real negro, the custom of slaughtering victims to ac- 
company the departed soul of a chief, and human sacrifices are 
occasionally offered, and certain parts of the bodies are used as 
charms." — Livingstone's Africa, page 631. 

*' When a chief dies, a number of servants are slaughtered with 
him to form his company in the other world." — Livingstone's 
Africa, page 342. 

"When an Ashantee of any distinction dies, several of the 
deceased's slaves are sacrificed. This horrible custom oricrinates 
in some shadowy ideas of a future state of existence ; in which 
they imagine that those who have departed hence stand in need 
of food, clothing, and other things, as in the present world ; and 
that, as a vast number of concubines and slaves are the chief 
marks of superiority among them here, so it must also be in a 
future state. Accordingly, as I walked out early in the morning, 
I saw the mangled corpse of a poor female slave, who had been 
beheaded during the night, lying in the public street. It was 
partially covered with a common mat, and, as this covering is 
unusual, I concluded that it was thrown over, in order to hide it 
from my view. In the course of the day I saw groups of the 
natives dancing round this victim of superstitious cruelty, with 
numerous frantic gestures, and who seemed to be in the very 


zenith of their happiness. . . . That only one person wa3 
immolated, I believe, resulted entirely from my j)resence in the 
town." — Freeman's Africa^ page 24. 

"Amidst great ostentatious display, I saw what was calculated 
to harrow up the strongest and most painful feelings, — the royal 
executioners, bearing the blood-stained stools on which hundreds, 
and perhaps thousands, of human victims have been sacrificed by 
decapitation, and also the large death-drum, which is beaten at 
the moment when the fatal knife severs the head from the body, 
the very sound of which conveys a thrill of horror. This rude in- 
strument, connected with which are most dreadful associations, 
was literally covered with dried clots of blood, and decorated 
with the jawbones and skulls of human victims." — Freeman's 
Africa, page 47. 

** To-day another human victim was sacrificed, on account of 
the death of a person of rank. As I was going out of the town, 
in the cool of the evening, I saw the poor creature lying on the 
ground. The head was severed from the body, and lying at a 
short distance from it ; several large turkey-buzzards were feast- 
ing on the wounds, and rolling the head in the dust. He appeared 
to be about eighteen years of age ; a strong, healthy youth, who 
might, in all probability, have lived forty, fifty, or even sixty 
years longer." — Freeman'' s Africa^ page 28. 

" Throughout the day I heard the horrid sound of the death- 
drum, and was told in the evening that about twenty-five human 
victims had been sacrificed, some in the town, and some in the 
surrounding villages, the heads of those killed in the villages 
being brought into the town in baskets. ... I learned that 
several more human victims had been immolated during the day, 
but could not ascertain the exact number. The most accurate 
account I could obtain was, that fifteen more had suffered ; making 
a total of forty, in two days. . . . These poor victims w^ere 
allowed to lie naked and exposed in the streets, until they began 
to decompose ; and such is the callous state of mind in which the 


people live, that many were walking about among the putrefying 
bodies, smoking their jDipes, with amazing indifference." — Free- 
man's Africa^ pages 53 and 54. 

«* The executioner, at one blow on the back of the neck, divided 
the head from the body of the first culprit, with the exception of 
a small portion of the skin, which was separated by passing the 
knife underneath. Unfortunately, the second man was dreadfully 
mangled, for the poor fellow, at the moment the blow was struck, 
having raised his head, the knife struck in a slanting direction and 
only made a large wound ; the next blow caught him on the back 
of the head, when the brain protruded. The poor fellow strug- 
gled violently. The third stroke caught him across the shoulders, 
inflicting a dreadful gash. The next caught him on the neck, 
which was twice repeated. The officer steadying the criminal 
now lost his hold on account of the blood which rushed from the 
blood-vessels on all who were near. The executioner, now quite 
palsied, took hold of the head, and, after twisting it several times 
round, separated it from the still convulsed and struggling trunk. 
During the latter part of this disgusting execution the head pre- 
sented an awful spectacle, the distortion of the features, and the 
eyeballs completely upturned, giving it a horrid appearance. 
The next man, poor fellow, with his eyes partially shut and head 
drooping forward near to the ground, remained all this time in sus- 
pense ; casting a partial glance on the head which was now close 
to him, and the trunk dragged close past him, the blood still rush- 
ing from it like a fountain. . . . The fourth culprit was not 
so fortunate, his head not being separated till after three strokes. 
The body afterwards rolled over several times, when the blood 
spurted over my face and clothes. The most disgusting part of 
this abominable and barbarous execution was that of an old, ill- 
looking wretch, who, like the numerous vultures, stood with a 
small calabash in his hand, ready to catch the blood from each 
individual, which he greedily devoured before it had escaped 
one minute from the veins. . . . After decapitation the body 
is immediately dragged off by the heels to a large pit at a con- 
siderable distance from the town and thrown therein, and is im- 
mediately devoured by wolves and vultures, which are here so 


raveuous that they will almost take your victuals from you." - 
Duncan's Africa, Vol. /., pages 250 and 252. 

" On our way up the river Calabar my attention was attracted 
by something of a very extraordinary appearance hanging over 
the water from the branch of a tree. My curiosity was excited by 
it, and I was at a loss to conjecture what it was. I did not remain 
long in suspense, for we soon passed sufficiently near it to enable 
me to discover that it was the body of one of the natives suspended 
by the middle, with the feet and hands just touching the water. 
. . . The natives of this place are pagans, in the most depraved 
condition. They believe in a good spirit, who, they imagine, 
dwells in the water ; and sacrifices such as that just mentioned 
are frequently made to him, with the idea of gaining his favor and 
protection. The object selected for this purpose is generally 
some unfortunate old slave, who may be worn out and incapable 
of further service, or unfit for the market; and he is thus left to 
suffer death, either from the effects of the sun, or from the fangs 
of some hungry alligator or shark which may chance to find the 
body. The circumstance of the hands and feet being just al- 
lowed to be immersed in the water is considered by these deluded 
people as necessary, and they are thereby rendered an easier 
prey.'' — Lander's Travels in Africa, Vol. II., page 315. 

'"The sixth of the month was announced as the beginning of 
the sacrificial rites, which were to last five days. Early in the 
morning, two hundred females of the Amazonian guard, naked to 
the waist, but richly ornamented with beads and rings at every 
joint of their oiled and glistening limbs, appeared in the area 
before the king's palace, armed with blunt cutlasses. Very soon 
the sovereign made his appearance, when the band of Avarriors 
began their manoeuvres, keeping pace, with rude but not unmar- 
tial skill, to the native drum and flute. A short distance from the 
palace, within sight of the square, a fort or inclosure, about nine 
feet high, had been built of adobe, and surrounded by a pile of 
tall prickly briers. Within this barrier, secured to stakes, stood 
fifty captives, who were to be immolated at the opening of the 
festival. AYhen the drill of the Amazons and the royal review 


were over, there was, for a considerable time, perfect silence in 
the ranks and throughout the vast multitudes of spectators. 
Presentl}^ at a signal from the king, one hundred of the women 
departed at a run, brandishing their weapons and yelling their 
war-cry, till, heedless of the thorny barricade, they leaped the 
walls, lacerating their flesh in crossing the prickly impediment. 
The delay was short. Fifty of these female demons, with torn 
limbs and bleeding faces, quickly returned, and offered their howl- 
ing victims to the king. It was now the duty of this personage to 
begin the sacrifice with his royal hand. Calling the female whose 
impetuous daring had led her foremost across the thorns, he took 
a glittering sword from her grasp, and in an instant the head of 
the first victim fell to the dust." — CanoVs Tioenty Tears of an 
African Slaver, page 267. 



*' Human skulls were built in the walls of the palace, about 
half the skull projecting beyond the surface of the walls. After a 
number of introductions, similar to those on the former days, the 
king's mother entered the court, preceded by six women, carrying 
large brass pans filled with skulls, with shank-bones fixed perpen- 
dicularly to the outside of the pans. Another pan, covered with 
scarlet cloth, as also two other pots of an oval shape, were carried 
on the heads of females, with a skull placed on the top or over 
the mouth of each. After parading these different vessels round 
the palace-yard, they were placed on the ground, in front of sev- 
eral calabashes (previously placed there), containing a number 
of scalps." — Duncan'' s Africa, Vol. I., page 253 i 

" About ten yards in front of the place where his majesty lay, 


three skulls were placed on the ground, forming an equilateral 
triangle, about three feet apart. At a little distance from the 
three-named .slvull.s, a calabash was placed, containing several 
skulls of distinguished men taken or killed in war. . . . The 
pole of each standard was mounted with the skull of a caboceer, 
or ruler of a town." — Duncan's Africa, Vol. /., ^)a^e 245. 

** In the collection of skulls, I found a numljer of them orna- 
mented with brass, and riveted together with iron. These were 
the huads of rival kings, who were killed by the king's women or 
wives. Amongst these was the richly ornamented skull of the 
King of Nahpoo, in tlie Annagoo country ; his name was Adafi'o. 
His town was taken, and he himself made prisoner, by the female 
regiments, commanded by the female commander, Apadomcy. 
Many of the skulls still retained the hair. It appears that this 
part of the human Ixxly has always been a favorite ornament on 
the palace walls of Abomey, and even in the walls, entrances of 
gateways and doorways." — Duncan's Africa, Vol. II., page 27G. 

"Permission to see the town was giv'en, and we paid a visit to 
the Juju-house ; a noisy crowd attempted to rush in after us ; but 
a vigorous application of the long sticks of the guards drove them 
liack. Masses of human skulls hang from the walls, and numer- 
ous rows of skulls cover the roof of a sort of altar. In front of 
this altar sat the, Jnjii-man, having a footstool of human skulls. 
Tlui Okrika had (jatcn the victims whose skulls decorate the Juju- 
hous(i. An old man who accompanied us spoke with evident 
gusto of tlu; different cannibal feasts he had partaken of, and 
mentioned the parts of the human body which he considered the 
sweetest." — Consul Charles Livingstone ; at the Bight of Biafra. 

** When a guest is entertained of whom presents are expected, 
the host, in a quiet way, goes from time to time into the f(iti(;h- 
houso and scrapes a little bone-powder from a favorite skull, and 
puts it into the food which is being cooked, as a present to the 
guest. The idea is, that, by consuming the scrapings of the 
skull, the blood of their ancestors enters into your body, and thus, 


becoming of one blood, you are naturally led to love them, and 
grant them what they wish. It is not a pleasant subject of reflec- 
tion, but I have no doubt been operated u^on on previous jour- 
neys ; being now, however, aware of the custom, I refused the 
food, and told Mayolo I cared very little to eat of the scraped 
skull of his grandfather." — Du Chaillu's AsJiango-Land, page 200. 

"On a small island, near the mouth of the Niger, the people 
have some strange customs. They have a large town, of about 
three thousand inhabitants ; their huts are built within mud walls, 
with the streets crossing each other at right angles. At every 
corner there is a creature stuck up, like our scarecrows in Amer- 
ica, with a gourd for a head, and dressed up with clothes, shells, 
and beads. This thing is called Juju, and whatever is devoted to 
it is sacred. Thus the little animal called the Iguana — a species 
of lizard, which elsewhere is eaten - here is allowed to increase 
and run all over the island. At one end of the town there is a 
temple dedicated to the Juju. It is higher than most of the other 
houses, with an arched doorway, the sides and arch of which are 
formed of human skulls. Inside the hut, at one end, is a sort of 
sacred altar, that, with an arched recess behind, is formed of 
children's skulls, the east side and floor being the skulls of adults. 
In the eye-sockets of each a square piece of board is inserted, first 
painted red, and then an eye painted on it. Outside the door is a 
post to which prisoners are tied, and beaten to death with clubs, 
and then their skulls, after being dried and bleached, are used for 
replacing any that may have become cracked or otherwise injured. 
There are three priests whose business is to put prisoners to death, 
to take care of the temple, and attend to the dressing of the Ju- 
jus." — BrittarCs Every-Day Life in Africa , page 343. 

•• It is revenge, as much as desire to perpetuate the remem- 
brance of victory, which makes them eager for the skulls and 
jawbones of their enemies, so that in a royal metropolis, walls, 
and floors, and thrones, and walking-sticks are everywhere lower- 
ing with the hollow eyes of the dead. These sad, bare, and 
whitened emblems of mortality and revenge present a curious and 
startling spectacle, cresting and festooning the red clay walls 


of Humassi, the capital of Ashantee." — Foote's Africa and the 
American Flag, page b&. 

*' "When a human head is desired to be preserved, the brains are 
extracted through the spinal connection, and the head lield on the 
end of a stick in the smoke till it becomes quite hard and dry. I 
have seen some thousands preserved in this way in Dahomey." — 
Duncan'' s Africa^ Vol. II. j page 159. 

"Near the king were placed several large staffs or walking- 
sticks, with a skull fixed on the upper end of each, the stick pass- 
ing through the skull so as to leave about seven inches of the stick 
above the skull for the hand when walking." — Duncan's Africa, 
Vol. L, page 246. 

** The father of Moyara was a powerful chief, but the son now 
sits among the niins of the town, with four or five wives and very 
few people. At his hamlet a number of stakes are planted in the 
ground, and I counted fifty-four human skulls hung on their points. 
These were Matebele, who, unable to approach Sebituane on the 
island of Loyela, had returned sick and famishing. Moyara's 
father took advantage of their reduced condition, and, after put- 
ting them to death, mounted their heads in the Batoka fashion. 
The old man who perpetrated this deed now lies in the middle of 
his son's huts, with a lot of rotten ivory over his grave. One can- 
not heljD feeling thankful that the reign of such wretches is over. 
They inhabited the whole of this side of the country, and were 
probably the ban'ier to the extension of the Portuguese commerce 
in this direction. "When looking at these skulls, I remarked to 
Moyara that many of them were those of mere boys. He assented 
readily, and pointed them out as such. I asked why his father 
had killed boys. ' To show his fierceness,' was the answer. ' It 
is fierceness to kill boys.' * Yes ; they had no business here.' 
When I told him that this probably would insure his own death if 
the IMatebele came again, he replied, * AVhen I hear of their 
coming I shall hide the bones.' He was evidently proud of these 
trophies of his father's ferocity, and I was assured by other 


Batoka that few strangers ever returned from a visit to this 
quarter. If a man wished to curry favor with a Batoka chief, he 
ascertained when a stranger was about to leave, and waylaid him 
at a distance from the town, and when he brought his head back 
to the chief, it was mounted as a trophy, the different chiefs vy- 
ing with each other as to which should mount the greatest num- 
ber of skulls in his \\\\^gQy —Livingstone's Africa, page 569. 



*' There is apparently in this people a physical delight in cruelty 
to beast as well as to man. The sight of suffering seems to bring 
them an enjoyment without which the world is tame. In almost 
all the towns on the Oil Rivers, you see dead or dying animals 
fastened in some agonizing position. Poultry is most common, 
because cheapest ; they are tied by the legs, head downwards, or 
lashed round the body to a stake or a tree, where they remain 
till they fall in fragments. If a man be unwell, he hangs a live 
chicken round his throat, expecting that its pain will abstract from 
his sufferings. Goats are lashed head downwards tightly to 
wooden pillars, and are allowed to die a lingering death ; even 
the harmless tortoise cannot escape impalement. Blood seems 
to be the favorite ornament for a man's face, as pattern-painting 
with some dark color like indigo is the proper decoration for a 
woman. At funerals numbers of goats and poultry are sacrificed 
for the benefit of the deceased, and the corpse is sprinkled with 
the warm blood. The headless trunks are laid upon the body, and 
if the fowls flap their wings, which they will do for some seconds 
after decapitation, it is a good omen for the dead man." — 
Eutchinson''s Western Africa, Vol. II., page 283. 


" It is not so easy to offer any probable reason for the eagerness 
to share in cruelty which glows in a negro's bosom. Its appall- 
inof character consists rather in the amount of bloodshed which 
gratifies the negro, than in the studious prolongation of pain. 
Superstition probably excused or justified to him some of his 
worst practices. Human sacrifices have been common every- 
where. There was no scruple at cruelty when it was convenient. 
The mouths of the victims were gagged by knives run through 
their cheeks ; and captives among the southern tribes were beaten 
with clubs in order to prevent resistance, or to take away their 
strength, that they might be more easily hurried to the ' hill of 
death,' or authorized place of execution." — Footers Africa and 
the American Flag, page 52. 

*' It is hard to make them feel that the shedding of human blood 
is a great crime ; they must be conscious that it is wrong, but, hav- 
ing been accustomed to bloodshed from infancy, they are remark- 
ably callous to the enormity of the crime of destroying human 
life." — Livingstones Africa, page 217. 

♦* The late Matiamvo sometimes indulged in the whim of run- 
ning a muck in the town and beheading whomsoever he met, until 
he had quite a heap of human heads. Matiamvo explained this 
conduct by saying that his people were too many, and he wanted 
to diminish them. He had absolute power of life and death." — 
Livingstone's Africa, page 341. 

•♦Nothing less than the entire subjugation, or destruction of the 
vanquished, could quench their insatiable thirst for power. Thus 
when they conquered a town, the terrified inhabitants were driven 
in a mass to the outskirts, when the parents and all the married 
women were slaughtered on the spot. Such as have dared to be 
brave in the defence of their town, their wives, and their children, 
are reserved for a still more terrible death ; dry grass, saturated 
with f^it, is tied round their naked bodies and then set on fire. 
The youths and girls are loaded as beasts of burden with the 
spoils of the town, to be marched to the homes of their victors. 


If the town be in an isolated position, the helpless infants are left 
to perish either with hunger, or to be devoured by beasts of prey. 
On such an event, the lions scent the slain and leave their lair. 
The hyenas and jackals emerge from their lurking-places in broad 
day, and revel in the carnage, while a cloud of vultures may be 
seen descending on the living and the dead, and holding a carni- 
val on human flesh." — Mqfatfs Africa, page 365. 

"We found the criminals seated on blocks of wood, in a street 
near the king's residence, each accompanied by an executioner. 
One of the executioners was the lad who told me, on the 17th of 
December, that he had himself decapitated eighty persons. Two 
knives were forced through the cheeks of each criminal, one on 
each side, which deprived them of speech. This is done, it is said, 
to prevent them cursing the king. We did not stop to gaze on the 
horrid spectacle." — Freeman's Africa, page 164. 

** When any one of these chiefs dies, the news of his death is not 
made known for one or two months afterwards ; and if any person 
w^ho has learned the fact of his death discloses the secret, he is 
immediately decapitated, and his family and relatives sold into cap- 
tivity. If there be no purchasers for them, they are all conducted 
to the banks of the river, and there decapitated by the Samba Go- 
lambole, or common executioner; the bodies are then thrown into 
the river, and the heads are piled up at the entrance to the capital, 
as a warning to all disclosers of state secrets." — Valdez's Africa, 
Vol. IL,2yage 331. 

" The head and legs of the ox were then drawn together, and it 
fell bellowing to the ground. The animal was now secured firmly, 
and prevented from rising. The chief butcher then, with a large 
knife, cut open about a foot of the skin of the belly ; and lying on 
the ground, amidst the groans of agony and helpless struggles of 
the unfortunate brute, he thrust his right arm up to the shoulder 
into the ox, gave a twist and a pull at the heart, ruptured one of 
the large arteries, and drew away the omentum, which was thrown 


on a fire, cooked and eaten, before the convulsions of the victim 
had ceased." — Alexander''s Africa, Vol. II., page 132. 

*' The guide, attached to the expedition on return from tJjiji, 
had loitered behind for some days, because his slave girl was too 
footsore to walk. When tired of waiting he cut off her her head, 
for fear lest she should become gratis another man's property. 
— Burton^s Africa, page 515. 

" Tembandumba, the Amazonian and cannibal queen of Congo, 
commanded that all male children, all twins, and all infants whose 
upper teeth appeared before their lower ones, should be killed by 
their own mothers. From their bodies an ointment should be 
made in the way which she would show. The female children 
should be reared and instructed in war; and male prisoners, 
before being killed and eaten, should be used for juu-poses of pro- 
creation, so that there might be no future lack of female warriors. 
Having concluded her harangue, with the publication of other laws 
of minor importance, this young woman seized her child which 
was feeding at her breast, flung him into a mortar, and pounded 
him to a pulp. She flung this into a large earthen pot, adding 
roots, leaves, and oils, and made the whole into an ointment, with 
which she rubbed herself before them all, telling them that this 
would render her invulnerable, and that now she could subdue the 
universe. Immediately her subjects, seized with a savage enthu- 
siasm, massacred all their male children, and immense quantities 
of this human ointment were made. . . . It is clear enough 
that Tembandumba wished to found an empire of Amazons, such 
as we read of as existing among the Scythians, in the forests of 
South America, and in Central Africa. She not only enjoined the 
massacre of male children, — she forbade the eating of woman's 
flesh. But she had to conquer an instinct in order to carry out 
her views ; she fought against nature, and in time she was sub- 
dued." — Beade's Savage Africa, page 292. 

** On our march to the market-place we passed along part of 
the walls of the palace, which covers an immense space. The 


walls as ■well as houses are made of red, sandy claj^ and 
on tof) of the walls, at intervals of thh'ty feet, human skulls were 
placed along their whole extent. On approaching nearer the 
market-place we beheld, on an elevated pole, a man fixed in an 
upright position, with a basket on his head, apparently holding it 
with both hands. A little further on we saw two more men, now 
in a state of decomposition, hung by the feet from a thick pole, 
placed horizontally on two upright poles about twenty feet high. 
Passing close to them the smell was intolerable. The arms hung 
extended downwards, and at a little distance a stranger would 
(from their shrivelled and contracted condition) suppose them to 
be large sheep or goats; the skin, from exposure, had turned 
nearly to the color of that of a white man. I found, upon inquiry, 
that the bodies had been in this position about two and a half 
moons. All reckoning here is by the moon. The vulture was in- 
dustriously endeavoring to satisfy his appetite, but the heat of the 
sun had dried the skin so as to render it impenetrable to his efforts. 
On the opposite side of the market were two more human bodies 
in the same position as those I have just mentioned, with the ex- 
ception that the bodies had been mutilated." — Duncan" s Africa^ 
Vol. L, page 219. 

"I have already spoken of the system of intermarriages, by 
which a chief gains in power and friends. But there are other 
means of securing allies. For instance, two tribes are anxious for 
a fight, but one needs more force. This weakling sends one of 
its men secretly to kill a man or woman of some village living 
near, but having no share in the quarrel. The consequence is, not, 
as would seem most reasonable, that this last village take its re- 
venge on the murderer, but, strangely enough, that the murder- 
er's people give them to understand that this is done because 
another tribe has insulted them ; whereupon, according to African 
custom, the two villages join, and together march upon the enemy. 
In effect, to gain a village to a certain side in a quarrel, that side 
murders one of its men or women, with a purpose of retaliation 
on somebody else." — Du CTiaillu^s Equatorial Africa, 74. 

** Sail showed extreme folly in remaining behind, andKamrasi, 


suspicious of his complicity, immediately ordered him to be seized 
and cut to pieces ; he was accordingly tied to a stake, and tortured 
by having his limbs cut off piecemeal, — the hands being first 
severed at the wrists, and the arms at the elbow-joints." — 
Baker's Great Basin of the Nile, page 406. 

*' A number of old women had been taken in the general slave 
hunt ; these could not walk sufficiently fast to keep up with their 
victors during the return march ; they had accordingly all been 
killed on the road, as being cumbersome. In every case they were 
killed by being beaten on the back of the neck with a club." — 
Bakefs Great Basin of the Nile, page 405. 

**Amarar called his soothsayer, and required him to name a 
propitious moment for the sally. The oracle retired to his den, 
and, after suitable incantations, declared that the effort should be 
made as soon as the hands of Amarar were stained in the blood 
of his own son. It is said that the prophet intended the victim to 
be a youthful son of Amarar, who had joined his mother's family, 
and was then distant ; but the impatient and superstitious savage, 
seeing a child of his own, two years old, at hand, when the oracle 
announced the decree, snatched the infant from his mother's arms, 
threw it into a rice mortar, and, with a pestle, mashed it to death. 
The sacrifice over, a sortie was ordered. The infuriate and starv- 
ing savages, roused by the oracle and inflamed by the bloody 
scene, rushed forth tumultuously. Amarar, armed with the 
pestle, still warm and reeking with his infant's blood, was fore- 
most in the onscit. The besiegers gave way and fled ; the town 
was re-provisioned ; the fortifications of the enemy demolished ; 
and the soothsayer rewarded with a slave for his barbarous pre- 
diction ! At another time, Amarar was on the point of attacking 
a strongly fortified town, when doubts were intimated of success. 
Again the wizard was consulted, when the mysterious oracle de- 
clared that the chief *' could not conquer till he returned once more to 
his mother''s womb ! " That night Amara committed the blackest 
of incests; but his party was repulsed, and the false prophet 
stoned to death." — CanoVs Twenty Years of an African Slaver, 
page 333. 


"It was not long after my instalment at Cape Mount, that I 
accidentally witnessed the ferocity of the chief. Some trifling 
country aflair caused me to visit the king; but, upon landing at 
Toso, I was told he was abroad. The manner of my informant, 
however, satisfied me that the message was untrue ; and accord- 
ingly, with the usual confidence of a white man in Africa, I 
searched his premises till I encountered him in the palaver-house. 
The large inclosure was crammed with a mob of savages, all in 
perfect silence around the king, who, in an infuriate manner, Avith 
a bloody knife in his hand, and a foot on the dead body of a 
negro, was addressing the carcass. By his side stood a pot of 
hissing oil, in which the heart of his enemy was frying ! My sud- 
den and, perhaps, improper entrance seemed to exasperate the 
infidel, who, calling me to his side, knelt on the corpse, and dig- 
ging it repeatedly with his knife, exclaimed, with trembling 
passion, that it was his bitterest and oldest foe. For twenty 
years he had butchered his people, sold his subjects, violated his 
daughters, slain his sons, and burnt his towns; — and with each 
charge, the savage enforced his assertion by a stab." — Canofi 
Twenty Years of an African Slaver, page 432. 

** By degrees the warriors dropped in around their chieftain. 
A palaver-house, immediately in front of my quarters, was the 
general rendezvous ; and scarcely a bushman appeared without 
the body of some maimed and bleeding victim. The mangled 
but living captives were tumbled on a heap in the centre, and 
soon every avenue to the square was crowded with exulting 
savajres. Rum Avas brought forth in abundance for the chiefs. 
Presently, slowly approaching from a distance, I heard the drums, 
horns, and war-bells ; and, in less than fifteen minutes, a proces- 
sion of women, whose naked limbs were smeared with chalk and 
ochre, poured into the palaver-house to join the beastly rites. 
Each of these devils was armed with a knife, and bore in her 
hand some cannibal trophj\ Jen-Ken's wife, — a corpulent wench 
of forty-five, — dragged along the ground, by a single limb, the 
slimy corpse of an infant ripped alive from its mother's womb. 
As her eyes met those of her husband, the two fiends yelled forth 
a shout of mutual joy, while the lifeless babe was tossed in the 
air and caught as it descended on the point of a spear. Then 


came the refreshment, in the shape of rum, powder, and blood, 
which was quaffed by the brutes till they reeled off, with linked 
hands, in a wild dance around the pile of victims. As the women 
leaped and sang, the men applauded and encouraged. Soon the 
ring was broken, and, with a yell, each female leaped on the 
body of a wounded prisoner, and commenced the final sacrifice 
with the mockery of lascivious embraces. 

In my wanderings in African forests, I have often seen the 
tiger pounce upon its prey, and, with instinctive thirst, satiate its 
appetite for blood and abandon the drained corpse; but these 
African nesTresses were neither as decent nor as merciful as the 
beast of the wilderness. Their malignant pleasure seemed to 
consist in the invention of tortures, that would agonize but not 
slay. There was a devilish spell in the tragic scene that fascinat- 
ed my eyes to the spot. A slow, lingering, tormenting mutilation 
was practised on the living, as well as on the dead ; and, in every 
instance, the brutality of the women exceeded that of the men. 
I cannot picture the hellish joy with which they passed from body 
to body, digging out eyes, wrenching off lips, tearing the ears, 
and slicing the flesh from the quivering bones; while the queen 
of the harpies crept amid the butchery, gathering the brains from 
each severed skull as a dainty dish for the approaching feast ! 

After the last victim yielded his life, it did not require long to 
kindle a fire, produce the requisite utensils, and fill the air with 
the odor of human flesh. Yet, before the various messes were 
half broiled, every mouth was tearing the delicate morsels with 
shouts of joy, denoting the combined satisfaction of revenge and 
appetite ! In the midst of this appalling scene, I heard a fresh 
cry of exultation, as a pole was borne into the apartment, on 
which was impaled the living body of the conquered chieftain's 
wife. A hole was quickly dug, the stave planted, and fagots 
supplied ; but before a fire could be kindled, the wretched woman 
w^as dead, so that the barbarians were defeated in their hellish 
scheme of burning her alive. 

I do not know how long these brutalities lasted, for I remember 
very little after this last attempt, except that the bushmen packed 
in plaintain leaves whatever flesh was left from the orgy, to be 
conveyed to their friends in the forest. This was the firct time it 
had been my lot to behold the most savage development of 
African nature under the stimulus of war. The butchery madti 


me sick, dizzy, paralyzed. I sank on the earth benumbed with 
stupor; nor was I aroused till nightfall, when my Kroomen bore 
me to the conqueror's town, and negotiated our redemption for 
the value of twenty slaves." — CanoVs Twenty Years of an African 
Slaver, pages 384-386. 



«*It seems quite natural that everyone, even the most thought- 
less barbarian, would feel at least some slight emotion on being 
exiled from his native country, and enslaved. But so far is this 
from being the case, that Africans, generally speaking, betray 
the most perfect indifference on losing their liberty, and being de- 
prived of their relatives ; while love of country is seemingly as 
great a stranger to their breasts as social tenderness and domes- 
tic affection." — Lander^ s Travels in Africa, Vol. II., page 208. 

"The reader must bear in mind that my observations apply 
chiefly to persons of free condition, who constitute, I suppose, 
not more than one-fourth part of the inhabitants at large ; the 
other three-fourths are in a state of hopeless and hereditary 
slavery." — Mungo Park's 1st Journal, page 32. 

"Large families are very often exposed to absolute want, and, 
as the parents have almost unlimited authority over their children, 
it frequently happens, in all parts of Africa, that some of the lat- 
ter are sold to purchase provisions for the rest of the family." — 
Mungo Park's 1st Journal, page 216. 

"Every evening I observed five or six women come to the 


raansa's house, and receive each of them a certain quantity of 
corn. As I knew how valuable this article was at this juncture, 
I inquired of the mansa whether he maintained those poor women 
from pure bounty, or whether he expected a return when tlie har- 
vest should be gathered in. * Observe that boy,' said he, point- 
ing to a fine child about five years of age ; * his mother has sold 
him to me for forty days' provision for herself and the rest of her 
famil}' ; I have bought another boy in the same manner." — Man- 
go Fark'^s Travels in Africa, page 116. 

** The slave-market is held in two long sheds, one for males, the 
other for females, where they are seated in rows, and carefully 
decked out for the exhibition ; the owner or one of his trusty slaves 
sitting near them. Young or old, plump or withered, beautiful 
or ugly, are sold without distinction ; but, in other respects, the 
buyer inspects them with the utmost attention, and somewhat in 
the same manner as a volunteer seaman is examined by a surgeon 
on entering the navy ; he looks at the tongue, teeth, eyes, and 
limbs, and endeavors to detect rupture by a forced cough. . . . 
Slavery is here so common, or the mind of slaves is so constitu- 
ted, that they always appeared much hajDpier than their masters ; 
the women, especially, singing with the greatest glee all the time 
they are at work." — Clajpperton's Africa, Vol. IV,, page 36. 

"The whole population of Katunga may be considered in a 
state of slavery, either to the king or his caboceers." — Clapper- 
ton'^s Africa, Vol. IV., page 211. 

** They had nearly a hundred slaves, the greater part female, 
and girls of from twelve to eighteen years of age, some of them 
from Nyfee, and still further to the West, of a deep copper color, 
and beautifully formed ; but few of these were ironed. The 
males, who were mostly young, were linked together in couples 
by iron rings around their legs ; yet they laughed, and seemed in 
good condition." — Denliam & Clapperton''s Africa, Vol. II., 'page 


•' Slaves in Africa are in proportion to the freemen of about 
three to one ; but, although the number of individuals reduced to 
a state of bondage by the operation of the above causes, and the 
destruction created, both as regards life and property, is im- 
mense, the whole combined are but as a single grain of dust in 
the balance, when compared with the slavery, the destitution, and 
the desolation, that are daily entailed by the unceasing bloody 
struggles betwixt state and state. Towns and villages are then 
obliterated from the face of the earth ; and thousands upon thou- 
sands of the population, of whatever age or sex, are hurried into 
hopeless captivity." — Harris's Adventures in Africa, page 314. 

"Crime, necessity arising from distress, insolvency, the inhu- 
manity of a harsh creditor, a spirit of retaliation in petty disputes, 
and the sordid love of gain, for which parents will even sell their 
own children, severally assist in feeding the demand for slaves, — 
the law of every African state either tolerating or directly sanc- 
tioning the evil." — Harrises Adventures in Africa, page 314. 

*' Not even the appearance of affection exists between husband 
and wife, or between parents and children. So little do they care 
for their offspring, that many offered to sell me any of their sons 
or daughters as slaves. They are, to speak the truth, in point of 
parental affection, inferior to brutes." — Duncan's Africa, Vol. /., 
page 79. 

*' A slave in Gabun was once asked why he did not take the 
money, which he was known to have accumulated, and ransom 
himself. His reply was, ' I have as much freedom as I want, 
and I prefer to buy a slave to wait upon me.' " — Wilson^ s Africa, 
page 272. 

*' The liability to fall into a condition of servitude is not so 
frightful in Africa as it is where there is a higher appreciation of 
personal liberty; nor does the same odium attach to the term 
slave as is attached to it amons: civilized men. The African sees 


very little difference between the authority exercised over him by 
one whom he acknowledges as his master and the petty tyranny 
which is exercised by most African chiefs over their subjects ; and 
so long as he is worked moderately, and treated kindly, he has 
but little cause for dissatisfaction, and not infrequently by his 
own choice places himself in this condition." — Wilson'' s Africa, 
page 156. 

** Slavery exists on an immense scale in Adamawa, and there 
are many private individuals who have more than a thousand 
slaves. The only articles of export at present are slaves and 
ivory." — BartlCs Africa , Vol. II. ^ page 190. 

•' With the abolition of the slave-trade all along the northern 
and south-western coast of Africa, slaves will cease to be brought 
down to the coast, and in this way a great deal of the mischief 
and misery necessarily resulting from this inhuman traffic will be 
cut off. But this, unfortunately, forms only a small part of the 
evil. There can be no doubt that the most horrible topic connected 
with slavery is slave-hunting; and this is carried on, not only 
for the purpose of supplying the foreign market, but, in a far more 
extensive degree, for supplying the wants of domestic slavery." 
— BarWs Africa^ Vol. J., page 12. 

"A large number of slaves had been caught this day, and in 
the course of the evening, after some skirmishing, in which three 
Bonn horsemen were killed, a great many others were brought 
in; altogether they were said to have taken one thousand, and 
there were certainly not less than five hundred. To our utmost 
horror, not less than one hundred and seventy full-grown men 
were mercilessly slaughtered in cold blood, the greater part of 
them being allowed to bleed to death, a leg having been severed 
from the body." — Bartli's Africa, Vol. II. y page 369. 

*' In times of necessity, a man will part with his parents, wives, 
and children, and when they fail, he will sell himself without 


shame. As has been observed among many tribes the uncle has 
a right to dispose of his nephews and nieces." — Burtons Africa, 
page 515. 

" The busiest scene is the slave -market, composed of two long 
rano-es of sheds, one for males and another for females. These 
poor creatures are seated in rows, decked out for exhibition ; the 
buyer scrutinizes them as nicely as a purchaser with us does a 
horse, inspecting the tongue, teeth, eyes, and limbs, making them 
cough and perform various movements, to ascertain if there be 
anything unsound." — Murray's African Discoveries, page 164. 

*' The good qualities given to the negro by the bounty of nature, 
have served only to make him a slave, trodden down by every 
remorseless foot, and to brand him for ages with the epithet of 
outcast; the marked unceasing proof of a curse, as old as the 
origin of society, not even deserving human forbearance ! And 
true it is, that the worst slavery is his lot, even at home, for he is 
there exposed to the constant peril of becoming also a victim, 
slaughtered with the most revolting torments. Tyrant of his 
blood, he traffics in slavery as it w^ere merchandise ; makes war 
purposely to capture neighbors, and sell even his own wives and 
children." — SmitJi's Natural History of the Human Species, page 

*' One method of procuring slaves is by women who are main- 
tained for the express purpose of ensnaring the unsuspecting with 
their blandishments, and who carry on their infamous trade with 
the connivance of their husbands, who frequently bestow upon 
them a portion of the fine or damages imposed, as a reward for 
their successful enterprise, and an encouragement for future infi- 
delity. These harpies being very industrious in their vocation, 
and being ably seconded by the ungovernable passions of men 
living in a state of nature, consign a numerous body of victims to 
bondage. Superstition, and the tricks and impostures of the 
priests, or fetichmen, conti'ibute also their quota of slaves. The 
numerous and expensive observances which these prescribed, to 


be observed with the view of avoiding or alleviating some calam- 
ity, often oblige the applicant for ji^'i^stly comfort to part 
with one half of his family, to secure a blessing for the other. 
Even death, which might be supposed calculated to terminate 
the family responsibility, becomes an active enslaver, on. ac- 
count of the expensive obsequies which it is considered the 
chief point of honor to perform." — CruickshaiiJc's Africa, Vol.1., 
page 326. 

*' The whole system of slave-holding by the Arabs in Africa, or 
rather on the coast, or at Zanzibar, is exceedingly strange, for the 
slaves, "both in individual physical strength and in numbers, are so 
superior to the Arab foreigners, that if they chose to rebel, they 
might send the Arabs flying out of the land. It happens, how- 
ever, that they are spellbound, not knowing their strength any 
more than domestic animals." — Speke's Africa, page 26. 

** On arrival at the desired locality, the slave-traders disembark 
and proceed into the interior until they arrive at the village of 
some negro chief, with whom they establish an intimacy. Charmed 
with his new friends, the power of whose weapons he acknowl- 
edges, the negro chief does not neglect the opportunity of seeking 
their alliance to attack a hostile neio^hbor. Marching throuo;hout 
the night, guided by their negro hosts, they bivouac within an 
hour's march of the unsuspecting village doomed to an attack 
about half an hour before break of day. The time arrives, and, 
quietly surrounding the village, while its occupants are still sleep- 
ing, they fire the grass huts in all directions, and pour volleys of 
musketry through the flaming thatch. Panic-stricken, the unfor- 
tunate victims rush from their burning dwellings, and the men are 
shot down like pheasants in a battue, while the women and chil- 
dren, bewildered in the danger and confusion, are kidnapped and 
secured. The herds of cattle, still within their kraal, or " zareeba," 
are easily disposed of, and are driven off with great rejoicing, as 
the prize of victory. The women and children are then fastened 
together, the former secured in an instrument called a sheba, 
made of a forked pole, the neck of the prisoner fitting into the 
fork, secured by a cross-piece lashed behind, while the wrists, 


brought together in advance of the body, are tied to the pole. 
The children are then fastened by their necks with a rope attached 
to the women, and thus form a living chain, in which order they 
are marched to the head-quarters in company with the captured 
herds. This is the commencement of business. Should there be 
ivory in any of the huts not destroyed by the fire, it is appropri- 
ated ; a general plunder takes place. The trader's party dig up 
the floors of the hut to search for iron hoes, which are generall}^ 
thus concealed, as the greatest treasure of the negroes ; the 
granaries are overturned and wantonly destroyed, and the hands 
are cut off the bodies of the slain, the more easily to detach the 
copper and iron bracelets that are usually worn." — Bdker''s Great 
Basin of the Nile, page 13, 

" The Cassangas, the Banhuns, and all the other neighboring 
tribes and nations, punish all crimes by perpetual banishment. 
In such cases they consider it more advantageous to dispose of 
their convicts by selling them to strangers than to bear the burthen 
of their support. Thus they reap a rich harvest themselves, and, 
at the same time, encourage that detestable traffic, the slave-trade. 
To such an extent, indeed, does their cupidity lead them, that 
they outrage all the laws of justice and humanity. When any 
person comes under the lash of their sanguinary laws, he himself 
is not alone exposed to punishment, but his whole family is in- 
volved in ruin along with him." — Valdez's Africa, Vol. I., page 293. 

** A few days after my arrival at Timbuctoo I fell in w^ith a 
negro, who was parading about the streets two women, whom I 
recollected to have been fellow-passengers with me on board the 
canoe. These women were not young, but their master, to give 
them the appearance of an age better suited to the market, had 
dressed them well. They i^<)re fine white handkerchiefs, large 
gold ear-rings, and each had two or three necklaces of the same 
metal. When I passed them, mey looked at me, and smiled. 
They did not appear in the least mortified at being exhibited in 
streets for sale, but manifested an iVidi3"erence, which I could easily 
enough account for by the state of i degradation to which they had 


been reduced and their total ignorance of the natural rights of 
mankind."— CaiY^iVs Africa, Vol. II., page 63. 

'* No better iUustration could be given of the way in which the 
slave system has ingrafted itself upon the life and policy of these 
tribes than this, that, from the sea-shore to the farthest point in the 
interior which I was able to reach, the commercial unit of value 
is a slave. As we say dollar, as the English say pound sterling, 
so these Africans say slave. If a man is fined for an offence, he 
is mulcted in so many slaves. If he is bargaining for a wife, he 
contracts to give so many slaves for her. Perhaps he has no slaves ; 
but he has ivory or trade-goods, and pays of these the value of 
so many slaves, — that is to say, as much ivory or ebony, or bar- 
wood, or the amount in trade-goods wliich would, in that precise 
place, buy so many slaves." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, 
page 380. 

•* High prices are a great temptation to the cupidity of the Af- 
rican, who, having, by custom, rights of property in his children, 
often does not hesitate to sell these where other produce is lacking. 
He finds that one of his children is not bright, that it has no sense, 
or that it wants to bewitch the father. Then a consultation en- 
sues with the relatives of the mother ; they are promised a share 
in the produce of the sale, — for they have rights also in the 
child, — and, when they are brought to consent, the unhappy 
child is sold off." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 381. 

** It would be a task of many pages, if I attempted to give a full 
account of the origin and causes of slavery in Africa. As a na- 
tional institution, it seems to have existed always. Africans have 
been bondsmen everywhere, and the oldest monuments bear their 
images linked with menial toils and absolute servitude. . . . 
Man, in truth, has become the coin of Africa, and the legal tender 
of a brutal trade. . . . Five-sixths of the population are in 
chains."— Canofs Twenty Tears of the African Slaver, page 126. 




"One of the Africans' deep-rooted superstitions is witchcraft, 
to the operation of which they generally ascribe disease and 
death, — the very infirmities of age being attributed to the same 
influence. The doctor, being sent for upon emergencies of this 
nature, gives some root or drug to his patient, accompanying the 
administration of it with a farcical expression of countenance, and 
a mysterious assumption of manner, pretending to charm from the 
sufferer some noxious reptile, by which he alleges that the malady 
is occasioned, and contriving, at the same time, secretly to pro- 
duce one, which is supposed to have been withdrawn from the 
person afflicted. If the patient should happen to recover, the 
Igiaka is greatly commended for his skill, and obtains an ade- 
quate remuneration ; if, on the contrary, the sickness should in- 
crease, another doctor, called the * discoverer of bewitching 
matter,' is then summoned, who professes to discover the party 
supposed to have bewitched him. The guilt having been affixed, 
after many absurd ceremonies, upon some unfortunate wretch, a 
report is made to the chief, who directs torture to be inflicted on 
him, for the purpose of eliciting confession. The usual method 
of torture is by the aj)plication of heated stones to the tenderest 
parts of the outstretched body, the hands and feet being first made 
fast to four stakes at equal distances, while myriads of ants are 
scattered over the agonized victim, whose skin is exposed to the 
painful gnawing of these swarming insects. It can be no matter 
of surprise that innocent persons, subjected to these terrible pun- 
ishments, should be induced to confess the agency of which they 
have been accused, and instances are on record of many individ- 
uals, perfectly guiltless, who have admitted the crime rather than 
to undergo the fiery ordeal, through a natural dread of its 
horrors." — Steadman's Africa^ Vol. J., page 37. 

*' Witchcraft is a prominent and leading superstition among all 
the races of Africa, and may be regarded as one of the heaviest 


curses which rests upon that benighted land. ... A person 
endowed with this mysterious art is supposed to possess little less 
than omnipotence. He exercises unlimited control, not only over 
the lives and destiny of his fellow-men, but over the wild beasts of 
the woods, over the sea and dry land, and over all the elements 
of nature. He may transform himself into a tiger, and keep the 
community in which he lives in a state of constant fear and per- 
turbation ; into an elephant, and desolate their farms ; or into a 
shark, and devour all the fish in their rivers. By his magical 
arts he can keep back the showers, and fill the land with want 
and distress. The lightnings obey his commands, and he need 
only wave his wand to call forth the pestilence from its lurking- 
place. The sea is lashed into fury, and the storm rages to exe- 
cute his behests. In short, there is nothing too hard for the 
machinations of witchcraft. Sickness, poverty, insanity, and al- 
most every evil incident to human life, are ascribed to its agency." 
— Wilson'' s Africa, page 222. 

*' Every death which occurs in the community is ascribed to 
witchcraft, and some one, consequently, is guilty of the wicked 
deed. The priesthood go to work to find out the guilty person. 
It may be a brother, a sister, a father, and, in a, few extreme 
cases, even mothers have been accused of the unnatural deed of 
causing the death of their own ofi'spring. There is, in fact, no 
eifectual shield against the suspicion of it. Age, the ties of re- 
lationship, oflacial prominence, and general benevolence of char- 
acter, are alike unavailing. The priesthood, in consequence 
of the universal belief in the superstition, have unlimited scope 
for the indulgence of the most malicious feelings, and, in many 
cases, it is exercised with unsparing severity." — Wilsori's Africa, 
page 223. 

"The intercourse which the natives have had with white men 
does not seem to have much ameliorated their condition. A great 
number of persons are reported to lose their lives annually in dif- 
ferent districts of Angola by the cruel superstitions to which they 
are addicted ; and the Portuguese authorities either know nothing 
of them, or are unable to prevent their occurrence. The natives 


are bound to secrecy by those avIio administer the ordeal, which 
generally causes the death of the victim. A person, when ac- 
cused of witchcraft, will often travel from distant districts, in 
order to assert her innocency and brave the test. They come to 
a river on the Cassange, called Dua, drink the infusion of a 
poisonous tree, and perish unknown. A woman was accused by 
a brother-in-law of being the cause of his sickness while we were 
at Cassange. She offered to take the ordeal, as she had the idea 
that it would but prove her conscious innocence. Captain Neves 
refused his consent to her going, and thus saved her life, which 
would have been sacrificed, for the poison is very virulent. When 
a strong stomach rejects it, the accuser reiterates his charge ; the 
dose is repeated, and the person dies. Hundreds perish thus 
every year in the valley of Cassange." — Livingstone^ s Africa^ 
page 471. 

"In several tribes, a child which is said to *tlolo' (trangress) 
is put to death. ' Tlolo,' or transgression, is ascribed to several 
curious cases. A child who cut the upper front teeth before the 
under was always put to death among the Bakaa, and, I believe, 
also among the Bakwains. In some tribes, a case of twins ren- 
ders one of them liable to death; and an ox, which, while lying 
in the pen, beats the ground with its tail, is treated in the same 
way. It is thought to be calling death to visit the tribe. When 
I was coming through Londa, my men carried a great number of 
fowls, of a larger breed than any they had at home. If one 
crowed before midnight, it had been guilty of ' tlolo,' and was 
killed. The men often carried them sitting on their guns, and if 
one began to crow in a forest, the owner would give it a beating, 
by way of teaching it not to be guilty of crowing at unseasonable 
hours." — Livingstone'' s Africa, page 618. 

*' When a person of influence is taken ill, or dies, the cause is 
eagerly sought after, not in the nature of the disease, but in some 
person who was at enmity with the deceased, or who had acted in 
some way to excite suspicion. This was very natural in them, as 
they did not believe in an overruling Providence. It was the 
universal belief, as well as their wish, that men would live ahvay, 


and that death was entirely the result of witchcraft, or medicine 
imi^arted by some malignant hand, or of some casualty, or want 
of food. The death of the poor excited but little sorrow ; and less 
surmise ; on the other hand, I have known instances where the 
domestics of a principal man have been murdered in cold blood, 
just because it was suspected that they had something to do with 
their master's sickness." — Moffafs Africa, page 292. 

** At the different towns and villages through which we passed, 
they brought to us all the sick to be cured. Nor was it the sick 
alone who sought advice, but men and women of all descriptions, 
— the former for some remedy against impotency, and the latter 
to remove sterility. Many came for preventives against appre- 
hended or barely possible calamities ; and, in anticipation of the 
imaginable ills of life, resorted to us in full hope and confidence 
of our being able to ward them off. The women were particu- 
larly fanciful in these matters, and were frequently importunate 
to receive medicines that would preserve the affections of their 
gallants, insure them husbands, or, what was highly criminal, 
effect the death of some favored rival." — Clapperton's Africa, Vol. 
III., page 239. 

"At my instance, Benderachmani sent a courier to Nyffee, to 
endeavor to recover Mr. Hornemann's manuscripts, for which I 
offered him a reward of a hundred dollars ; but on my return from 
Sackatoo I found the messenger come back with the information, 
that Jussuf Felatah, a learned man of the country, with whom 
Mr. Hornemann lodged, had been burned in his own house, to- 
gether with all Mr. Hornemann's papers, by the negro rabble, 
from a superstitious dread of his holding intercourse with evil 
spirits." — Clappertoii's Africa, Vol. IV., page 56. 

"The Damaras have great faith in witchcraft. Individuals 
versed in the black art are called Omundu-Onganga, and are 
much sought after. Any person falling sick is immediately at- 
tended by one of these impostors, whose panacea is to besmear 
the mouth and the forehead of the patient with the ordure of the 


hyena, which is supposed to possess particularly healing virtues/' 
— Andersson's Africa, j^cige 173. 

*' To become a Avitch-doctor of any importance, a person is re- 
quired to be instructed by one previously well versed in the mys- 
teries of the black art. He must begin his lessons by swallowing 
animal poison, be bitten by venomous reptiles, or have poison 
inoculated into his body. A cap, a handkerchief, or any sort of 
clothing worn by such a person until it has become perfectly satu- 
rated with filth, is considered the most infallible cure for all kinds 
of diseases, poisonous bites, etc. On emergencies, a corner of 
this treasure is washed, and the dirty water thus produced is given 
to the patient to drink." — Andersson's Africa, page 256. 

** On other portions of the coast their customs are more cruel 
about witchcraft than among the Greboes. Any one, once accused 
of witchcraft, is burnt most cruelly. In some places a slow fire is 
made, and four posts sunk into the ground, at certain distances, 
the person tied hands and feet to these posts, and suspended over 
the fire, thus being slowly burnt ; sometimes they are left to die 
there ; at other times they are taken down before death, cast into 
the bush, and left to perish miserably. Xo one must pity a witch. 
Sometimes they torture them a different fashion : they are fast- 
ened down so that they cannot move, and then red-hot coals are 
placed on difi'erent parts of the body, and there left to eat into the 
flesh." — Brittan's Every-Day Life in Africa, page 344. 

" They are believers in witchcraft to an unlimited extent; but 
what they understand by the term is very difficult to say. I once 
obtained the character of a wizard by mixing a seidlitz-powder, 
and drinking it off during effervescence, for the spectators took it 
for granted that the water was boiling." — Dray sorts Africa, 2^age 

"The ladies solicited amulets to restore their beauty, to pre- 
serve the affections of their lovers, and even to destroy a hated 
rival. The son of the Governor of Kano, having called upon Mr. 


Clapperton, stated it as the conviction of the whole city and his 
own, that the Englisli had the power of converting men into asses, 
goats, and monkeys, and likewise that by reading in his book he 
could at any time commute a handful of earth into gold." — Mur- 
ray'^s African Discoveries, page 162. 

**In times of tribulation, the magician, if he ascertains a war is 
projected, by inspecting the blood and bones of a fowl which he 
has flayed for that purpose, flays a young child, and, having laid 
it lengthwise on a path, directs all the warriors, on proceeding to 
battle, to step over his sacrifice and insure themselves victory. 
Another of these extra barbarous devices takes j^lace when a chief 
wishes to make war on his neighbor, by his calling in a magician 
to discover a propitious time for commencing. The doctor places 
a large earthen vessel, half full of water, over a fire, and over its 
mouth a grating of sticks, whereon he lays a small child and a 
fowl side by side, and covers them over with a second large 
earthen vessel, just like the first, only inverted, to keep the steam 
in, when he sets fire below, cooks for a certain jDcriod of time, 
and then looks to see if his victims are still living or dead, — 
when, should they be dead, the war must be deferred, but, other- 
wise, commenced at once." — SpeJce's Africa, page 21. 

*'To prevent any evil approaching their dwellings, a squashed 
frog, or any other such absurdity, when placed on the back, is 
considered a specific." — ;Spe7j6'5 Africa, page 22. 

** The king was surrounded by sorcerers, both men and women. 
These people were distinguished from others by witch-like chap- 
lets of various dried roots worn upon the head ; some of them had 
dried lizards, crocodiles' teeth, lions' claws and minute tortoise- 
shells, added to their collection of charms. They could have 
subscribed to the witches' caldron of Macbeth, — 

" Eye of newt and toe of frog, 
Wool of bat and tongue of dog, 
Adder's fork and blind worm's sting, 
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing, 


Tor a charm of powerful trouble, 
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble." 

— Bakers Great Basin of the Nile, page 411. 

" On the 21st of June, when I was quietly sitting in my house, 
one of the governor's servants, who was well disposed toward 
me, and who used to call occasionally, suddenly made his ap- 
pearance with a very serious countenance, and, after some hesi- 
tation and a few introductory remarks, delivered a message from 
the o-overnor to tlie following effect : He wanted to know from 
me whether it was true (as was rumored in the town, and as the 
people had told him) that, as soon as a thunder-storm was 
gathering, and when the clouds appeared in the sky, I went out 
of my house and made the clouds withdraw ; for they had assured 
him that they liad repeatedly noticed that, as soon as I looked at 
the clouds with a certain air of command, they passed by with- 
out bringing a single drop of rain." — BartlCs Africa, Vol. II. , 
page 509. 

"A tree in Kukiya was remarkable on account of a peculiar 
charm, which testified to the many remains of pagan rites still 
lino-erino: in these countries. It consisted of two earthen r)ots, 
placed one upon the other, and filled with a peculiar substance, 
and was supposed to guarantee prolificness to the mares of the 
village." — BartlCs Africa, Vol. II., page 427. 

•' In this part of Africa are a sort of screech-owls, which in the 
night make a very dismal noise, and are taken by the natives for 
witches. If one of these birds happens to come into a town at 
night, the people are all up firing at it ; and as I do not find that 
they ever had the good fortune to shoot any of them, the poor 
creatures still continue in the opinion of their being witches." — 
Moore'' s Inland Parts of Africa, page 107. 

*' Black magic is usually punished by the stake. In some parts 


of the country, the roadside shows, at every few miles, a heap oi 
two of ashes, with a few calcined and blackened human bones 
mixed with bits of half-consumed charcoal, telling the tragedy 
that has been enacted there. The prospect cannot be contem- 
plated without horror. Here and there, close to the larger circles 
where the father and mother have been burnt, a smaller heap 
shows that some wretched child has shared their terrible fate, lest, 
growing up, he should follow in his parents' path." — Burton^s 
Africa^ page 92. 

** With the aid of slavery and black magic, they render their 
subjects' lives as precarious as they well can ; no one, especially 
in old age, is safe from being burned at a day's notice." — 
Burton's Africa, page 96. 

** The child who cuts the two upper incisors before the lower, 
is either put to death, or is given away, or sold to the slave-mer- 
chant, under the impression that it will bring disease, calamity, 
and death into the household." — Burton's Africa, page 94. 

*' The principal instrument of the magician's craft is one of the 
dirty little gourds which he wears in a bunch round his waist, and 
the following is the usual programme when the oracle is to be 
consulted: The magician brings his implements in a bag of 
matting ; his demeanor is serious as the occasion ; he is carefully 
greased, and his head is adorned with the diminutive antelope- 
horns fastened by a thong of leather above the forehead. He sits 
like a sultan upon a dwarf of stool in front of the querist, and be- 
gins by exhorting the highest possible offertory. Xo pay, no pre- 
dict. Divination by the gourd has already been described ; the 
magician has many other implements of his craft. Some prophesy 
by the motion of berries swimming in a cup full of water, which 
is placed upon a low stool, surrounded by four tails of the zebra 
or the buffalo lashed to sticks planted upright in the ground. 
The kasanda is a system of folding triangles not unlike those upon 
which plaything soldiers are mounted. Held in the right hand, 
it is thrown out, and the direction of the end points to the safe 


and auspicious route. This is probably the rudest appliance of 
prestidigitation. Tlie shero is a bit of wood about the size of a 
man's hand, and not unlike a pair of bellows, with a dwarf 
handle, a projection like a nozzle, and in the circular centre a 
little hollow. This is filled with water, and a grain or fragment 
of wood, jDlaced to float, gives an evil omen if it tends toward the 
sides, and favorable if it veers toward the handle of the nozzle." 
— Burtoii's Africa, page 609. 

*' The natives of Bihe are, in many particulars, very supersti- 
tious. If, on setting out on a journey, a stag or goat crosses their 
path, or if even a stick falls across it, they return and have re- 
course to their diviners, to interpret this formidable omen. Hav- 
ing anointed themselves with some preparation of aromatic herbs 
and roots, which have for a certain period been buried under their 
beds, they consider that they may proceed on their journey with- 
out danger." — Valde£s Africa^ Vol. II., page 330. 

'* Some of their practices are most ridiculous. For instance, 
they will take the horn of a stag, and throwing into the cavity the 
claws of certain birds, some feathers, and roots, cover it with the 
skin of a monkey. Then, taking a large horn, they throw into it 
three smaller ones, extracted from fawns of a month old, and fill 
it with a particular kind of paste. "When they desire a favor from 
any one of their idols they whistle into the horn, ignite some gun- 
powder which has been thrown into it, and then dance and sing. 
They also preserve the powder of a certain kind of wood, the 
heads of certain snakes, and the claws of certain birds, — all these 
being considered as antidotes against disease. These customs are 
observed by the chiefs themselves as lawful and necessary." — 
Valdez's Africa, Vol. II., paged'SO. 

'* Superstition seems in these countries to have run wild, and 
every man believes what his fancy, by some accident, most forci- 
bly presents to him as hurtful or beneficial." — Du CliailliCs Equa^ 
torial Africa, page 383. 


" If the African is once possessed with the belief that he is be- 
witched, his nature seems to change. He becomes suspicious of 
his dearest friends. The father dreads his children ; the son his 
father and mother ; the man his wife ; and the wives their hus- 
band. He fancies himself sick, and really often becomes sick 
through his fears. By night he thinks himself surrounded with 
evil spirits. He covers himself with fetiches and charms ; makes 
presents to the idol, and to Abambou and Mbuirri ; and is full of 
wonderful and frightful dreams, wdiich all point to the fact that 
the village is full of wicked sorcerers. Gradually the village 
itself becomes infected by his fears. The people grow suspicious. 
Chance turns their suspicions to some unlucky individual who is 
supposed to have a reason for a grudge. Finally the excitement 
becomes too high to be restrained ; and often they do not even 
wait for a death, but begin at once the work of butchering those 
on whom public suspicion is f:istened. At least sevent^^-live jDcr 
cent, of the deaths in all the tribes are murders for supposed sor- 
cery." — Du Cliaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 386. 

" I noticed in the village of Yoongoolapay a custom or supersti- 
tion which is common to all the tribes I have visited, and the rea- 
son, or supposed reason for which, I have never been able 
to persuade any one to tell me. On the first night when the new 
moon is visible, all is kept silent in the village; nobody speaks 
but in anunder-tone ; and in the course of the evening King Ahipay 
came out of his house and danced along the street, his face and 
body painted in black, red, and white, and spotted all over with 
spots the size of a peach. In the dim moonlight he had a fright- 
ful appearance, which made me shudder at first. I asked him 
why he painted thus, but he only answered by pointing to the 
moon, without speaking a word." — Du ChailhCs Equatorial 
Africa, page 141. 

♦* Greegrees are generally worn about the neck or waist; are 
made of the skins of rare animals, of the claws of birds, the teeth 
of crocodiles or leopards, of the dried flesh and brains of animals, 
of the feathers of rare birds, of the ashes of certain kinds of wood, 
of the skin and bones of serpents, etc., etc. Every greegree has 


a special power. One protects from sickness ; another makes 
tlie heart of the hunter or warrior brave ; another gives success to 
the lover ; another protects against sorcery ; some cure sterility, 
and others make the mother's breast abound in milk for her babe. 
The charmed leopard's skin, worn alDOut the warrior's middle, is 
supposed to render that worthy spear-proof; and, witli an iron 
chain about his neck, no bullet can hit him. If the charm fails, 
his faith is none the less firm, for then it is plain that some po- 
tent and wicked sorcerer has worked a too powerful counter- 
spell, and to this he has fallen a victim." — Du Chaillu's Equa- 
torial Africa, page 385. 

"Guessing the rascals had killed the poor old man, whom 
they denounced as a wizard, and turning my step toward the 
river, I was met by the crowd returning, every man armed with 
axe, knife, cutlass, or spear, and these weapons and their own 
hands, and arms, and bodies, all sprinkled with the blood of their 
victim. In their frenzy they had tied the poor wizard to a log 
near the river bank, and then deliberately hacked him into many 
pieces. They finished by splitting open his skull and scattering 
the brains in the water." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 63. 

*' One of the hunters had shot a wild bull, and when the carcass 
was brought in , the good fellow sent me an abundant supply of 
the best portions. The meat is tough, but was most welcome for 
a change. I had a great piece boiled for dinner, and expected 
King Quengueza to eat as much as would make several hungry 
white men sick. Judge of my surprise, when, coming to the table 
and seeing only the meat, he refused to touch it. I asked why. 
' It is roondah for me,' he replied. And then, in answer to my 
question, explained that the meat of the bos brachicheros was for- 
bidden to his family, and was an abomination to them, for the 
reason that many generations ago one of their women gave birth 
to a calf instead of a child. I laughed, but the king replied very 
soberly that he could show me a woman of another family 
whose grandmother had given birth to a crocodile, — for which 
reason the crocodile was roondah to that family. Quengueza 
would never touch my salt beef, nor even the pork, fearing lest it 


had been in contact with the beef. Indeed they are all religiously 
scrupulous in this matter; and I found, on inquiry afterward, that 
scarce a man can be found to whom some article of food is not 
* roondah.' Some dare not taste crocodile, some hippopotamus, 
some monkey, some boa, some wild pig, and all from this same 
belief. They will literally suffer the pangs of starvation rather 
than break through this prejudice ; and they firmly believe that if 
one of a family should eat of such forbidden food, the women of 
the same family would surely miscarry, and give birth to mon- 
strosities in the shape of the animal which is roondah, or else die 
of an awful disease." — Du Cliaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 355. 

•'When we stopped for breakfast next day, I noticed a little 
way from us an extraordinary tree, quite the largest in height and 
circumference I ever saw in Africa. It was a real monarch of 
even this great forest. It rose in one straight and majestic trunk, 
entirely branchless, till the top reached far above all the surround- 
ing trees. There at the top the branches were spread out some- 
what like an umbrella, but could not give much shade, being so 
high. I found that this tree was highly venerated by the people, 
who call it the oloumi. Its kind is not common even here, where 
its home is said to be. Its bark are said to have certain healing 
properties, and is also in request from a belief that if a man going 
off on a trading expedition washes himself first all over in a de- 
coction of its juices in water, he will be lucky and shrewd in mak- 
ing bargains. For this reason great strips were torn off this tree 
to the height of at least twenty feet." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial 
Africa, page 308. 

*' The morning before we set out, we accidentally stumbled 
across one of those acts of barbarism which chill the blood of a 
civilized man, though but slightly regarded by the negroes. I 
was hunting in the woods near the village, and saw sitting on a 
tree at some distance a pair of beautiful green pigeons, which I 
wanted much for my collection of birds. By dint of much exer- 
tion, I penetrated the jungle to the foot of the tree, and here a 
ghastly sight met my eyes. It was the corpse of a woman, young 
evidently, and with features once mild and good. She had been 


tied up here on some infernal accusation of witchcraft, and tor- 
tured. The torture consisted in lacerations of the flesh all over 
the body, and in the cuts red peppers had been rubbed. This is 
a common mode of tormenting with these people, and as devilish 
in ingenuity as anything could well be. Then the corpse was de- 
serted. I could only hope the poor girl died of her wounds, 
and had not to wait for the slower process of agonized starvation to 
^•hich such victims are left. Will the reader think hard of me 
that I felt it in my heart to go back to the village and shoot every 
man who had a hand in this monstrous barbarity.^ " — Du ChailWs 
Equatorial Africa, page 156. 




"When the Congo priest appears in public he walks on his 
hands, witli his body straight and his feet in the air. He can 
walk in this manner, through constant practice, with great ease 
and rapidity. He is the medicine-man or fetich-doctor, and is 
consulted in cases of sickness and witchcraft. To the cunning of 
this priest may easily be traced that superstition which I have de- 
scribed as prevalent in Equatorial Africa, that no one dies a natural 
death. If any one dies in spite of the medicines of the priest, he 
preserves his reputation by declaring that the patient has been 
bewitched, and obtains more money by discovering the sorcerer. 
There is still another jDriest, who officiates as rain-maker ; for this, 
a knowledge of the seasons, which in Congo never vary more 
than a few days, is all that is required. The ceremony of rain- 
making is that of coverino; mounds with branches of trees and 
ornaments of fetich, and of walking round these, muttering in- 
cantations." — Readers Savage Africa, page 288. 


'* Idol worship in Africa confines the idolater to no particular 
idol ; as he attributes his prosperity to the jirotecting care of his 
fetich, he will, as long as his prosperity continues, remain stead- 
fast to the worship of that particular fetich ; but when difficulties 
arise, and he is beset with perplexities, he will range at will, as 
fancy directs him, to a thousand different objects, and make them 
the gods of his gross idolatry. The prosperous man is therefore 
confined in his worship to fewer idols and observances than the 
unfortunate. The former has faith in the power of his idol, while 
the latter cannot rest until he has found a relief from his troubles ; 
and hence the multiplication of his idols and of his modes of 
worship." — Cniiclcshank's Africa, Vol. II., j?age 132. 

•' When any calamity is general, such as a drought, a dearth, a 
pestilence, or want of success in war, the whole population or 
their representatives, with their chiefs and head men, repair to the 
chief boossum to make their offerings and sacrifice, and to seek, 
through the intercession of the priests, a mitigation and a release 
from their sufl'erings. These priests, aware of the necessity of 
making a deep impression upon such momentous occasions, sur- 
round the whole of their proceedings with a fearful secrecy and 
mysterious solemnity, calculated to awe the minds of the sup- 
plicants, and they deliver their oracles in such enigmatical lan- 
guage as maybe capable of a double interpretation." — Cmick- 
slianJc's Africa, Vol. 11. , page 130. 

"There is one peculiar form, which the fetich worship of a 
family about to be separated takes, which deserves to be recoi'ded, 
as in it we have no external representation of an idol. In view 
of a separation which will most probably prevent them from ever 
again worshipping the boossum, to which they have made their 
devotions hitherto, they repair to the priest, or sofoo, and having 
explained their wants, he pounds up some fetich substance, and 
mixes it with water into a drink, which the whole family swallow 
together. While partaking of this strange communion, the priest 
declares to them that his boossum commands that none of this 
family shall ever after partake of such and such an article of food, 
naming, perhaps, fowl, mutton, beef, pork, eggs, milk, or any- 


thing which he may clioose to mention at the time. The fetich 
edict once pronounced against a particular article of food under 
such circumstances, no one of the family ever tastes it more ; and 
thus we find one who will not taste a bit of chicken, another an 
egg, a turkc}', and so on ; and this abstinence from a particular 
species of food descends to the children, who are under the neces- 
sity of observing a similar abstinence." — CruickshanJc's Africa, 
Vol. 11. , page 133. 

"The Fans have a great reverence for charms and fetiches, 
and even the little children are covered with these talismans, duly 
consecrated by the doctor or greegree man of the tribe. They 
place especial value on charms which are supposed to have the 
power to protect their owner in battle. Chief among these is an 
iron chain, of which the links are an inch and a half long by an 
inch wide. This is w^orn over the left shoulder, and hanging 
down the right side. Besides this, and next to it in value, is a 
small bag, which is suspended round the neck or to the side of the 
warrior. This bag is make of the skin of some rare animal, and 
contains various fragments of others, such as dried monkeys' tails, 
the bowels and claws of other beasts, shells, feathers of birds, 
and ashes of various beasts." — Du ChailliCs Equatorial Africa, 
page 128. 

"Their religion, if it may be called so, is the same in all tribes. 
They all believe in the power of their idols, in charms, fetiches, 
and in evil and good spirits. Mahommedanism has not penetrated 
into this vast jungle. They all believe in witchcraft, ■ — which I 
think is more prevalent in the West than in the East, — causing 
an untold amount of slaughter."— - ZJii Chaillu's Asliango-Land, 
page 428. 

"Their fetiches consisted of fingers and tails of monkeys, of 
human hair, skin, teeth, bones ; of clay, old nails, copper chains, 
shells, feathers, claws, and skulls of birds ; pieces of iron, copper, 
or wood ; seeds of plants ; ashes of various substances ; and I 
cannot; tej} whaj; more. Fi'oni the great variety and plejify of 


these objects on their persons, I suppose these Fan to be a very 
superstitious people." — Du Cliaillu's Equatorial Africa^ page 93. 

*' This evening I went to see the village idol (the patron saint 
as it may be called), and to witness a great ceremony in the 
sacred house. As with the Aviia and other tribes, the idol was a 
monstrous and indecent representation of a female figure in wood. 
I had remarked that the further I travelled toward the interior, 
the coarser these wooden idols were, and the more roughly they 
were sculptured. This idol was kept at the end of a long, nar- 
row, and low hut, forty or fifty feet long, and ten feet broad, and 
was painted in red, white, and black colors. When I entered the 
hut it was full of Ashango people, ranged in order on each side, 
with lighted torches stuck in the ground before them. Amongst 
them were conspicuous two priests, dressed in clothes of vegeta- 
ble fibre, with their skins painted grotesquely in various colors, 
one side of the face red, the other white, and in the middle of the 
breast a broad yellow stripe ; the circuit of the eye was also 
daubed with paint. These colors are made by boiling various 
kinds of wood, and mixing the decoction with clay. The rest of 
the Ashangos were also streaked and daubed with various colors, 
and, by the light of their torches, they looked like a troop of dev- 
ils assembled in the lower regions to celebrate some diabolical 
rite. Around their legs were bound white leaves from the heart 
of the palm-tree ; some wore feathers, others had leaves twisted 
in the shape of horns behind their ears, and all had a bundle of 
palm-leaves in their hands." — Du Cliaillu's Asliango-Land, page 

*' As we came away from Mouina's village, a witch-doctor, who 
had been sent for, arrived, and all Mouiua's wives went forth 
into the fields that morning fasting. There they would be com- 
pelled to drink an infusion of a plant named * goho,' which is used 
as an ordeal. This ceremony is called ' muavi,' and is performed 
in this way : When a man suspects that any of his wives has be- 
witched him, he sends for the witch-doctor ; and all the wives go 
forth into the field, and remain fasting till that person has made 
an infusion of the plant. They all drink it, each one holding up 


her hand to heaven in attestation of her innocency. Those \k\\o 
vomit it are considered innocent, while those whom it purges are 
pronounced guilty, and put to death by burning." — Livingstone's 
Africa, page QQQ. 

** At dififerent points in our course we came upon votive offer- 
ings to the Barimo. These usually consisted of food ; and every 
deserted village still contained the idols and little sheds with pots 
of medicine in them. One afternoon we passed a small frame 
house, with the head of an ox in it as an object of worship. The 
dreary uniformity of gloomy forests and open flats must have a 
depressing influence on the minds of the people. Some villages 
appear more superstitious than others, if we may judge from the 
greater number of idols they contain." — Livingstone's Africa, page 

**We passed two small hamlets, surrounded by gardens of 
maize and manioc, and near each of these I observed, for the first 
time, an ngly idol, common in Londa, — the figure of an animal, 
resembling an alligator, made of clay. It is formed of grass, 
plastered over with soft clay. Two cowrie-shells are inserted as 
eyes, and numbers of the bristles from the tail of an elephant are 
stuck in about the neck. It is called a lion, though, if one were 
not told so, he would conclude it to be an alligator. It stood in 
a shed, and the Balonda pray and beat drums before it all night 
in cases of sickness." — Livingstone's Africa, page 30i. 

** I was disturbed this evening from my repose, on the dry sand, 
under the pale moonlight, by the most unearthly noises, coming 
from a group of our black servants. On getting up to see what 
it was, I found that one of our negresses, a wife of one of the ser- 
vants, was performing Boree, the ' Devil,' and working herself 
up into the belief that his satanic majesty had possession of her. 
She threw herself upon the ground in all directions, and imitated 
the cries of various animals. Her actions were, however, some- 
what regulated by a man tapping upon a kettle with a piece of 
wood, beating time to her wild manoeuvres. After some delay, 


believing herself now possessed, and capable of performing her 
work, she went forward to half a dozen of our servants, who were 
squatting down on their hams, ready to receive her. She then 
took each by the head and neck, and pressed their heads between 
, her legs, — they sitting, she standing, — not in the most decent 
way, and made over them, with her whole body, certain inelegant 
motions, not to be mentioned." — Puchardsoii's Africa, Vol. J., 
page 286. 

** At the back of our hut stands a fetich god, in a small thatched 
hut, supported by four wooden pillars, which is watched contin- 
ually by two boys and a woman. We were desired to roast our 
bullock under him, that he might enjoy the savory smell of the 
smoking meat, some of which he might also be able to eat, if he 
desired. We were particularly enjoined to roast no yams under 
iiim, as they were considered by the natives too poor a diet to 
offer to their deity." — Lander's Travels in Africa, Vol, II. , page 

"This day a long and gay procession, formed by the female 
followers of the ancient religion of the country, passed through 
the town, walking and dancing alternately, with large-spreading 
branches of trees in their hands. The priestess, at the time we 
saw her, had just swallowed fetich water, and was carried on the 
shoulders of one of the devotees, who was assisted by two female 
companions, supporting the trembling hands and arms of their 
mistress. Her body was convulsed all over, and her features 
shockingly distorted, while she stared wildly and vacantly on the 
troop of enthusiasts and other objects which surrounded her. 
The priestess was then believed to be possessed with a demon. 
Indeed, to us they all appeared to be so, for not one of them 
seemed in their sober senses, so indescribably fantastic were their 
actions, and so unseemly did tliey deport themselves. A younger 
woman was likewise borne on the shoulders of a friend, and car- 
ried along in the same manner as her mistress ; but she was by 
no means so uncouth a figure, nor was her agitation so great as 
that of the priestess, by whom she was preceded. The whole of 
the women forming this strange procession might amount to be- 



tween ninety and a hundred. Their motions were regulated at 
times by the sound of drums and fifes, and to this music they 
joined their wikl, shrill voices. They were arranged in couples, 
and, with the branches of trees shaking in the air, presented one 
of the most extraordinary and grotesque spectacles that the hu- 
man mind can conceive." — Lander^s Travels in Africa^ Vol. I., 
page 322. 

" Immediately opposite to the first square, which forms the en- 
trance to the chiefs residence, stands a small tree, profusely dec- 
orated with human skulls and bones. This tree is considered by 
the people as fetich, or sacred ; and is supposed to possess the 
virtue of preventing the evil spirit from entering the chief's resi- 
dence. Near the tree stands the house which is inhabited by 
fetich priests, — a class of beings certainly in the most savage con- 
dition of nature that it is possible to imagine. The fetich priests of 
Brass town chalked themselves from head to foot, besides dressing 
after a fashion of their own ; but these fellows outdo them by far, 
and make themselves the most hideous and disgusting objects j^os- 
sible. Whether it may be with the idea of personifying the evil 
spirit they are so afraid of, I could not learn ; but they go about 
the town with a human skull fastened over their face, so that they 
can see through the eye-holes ; this is surmounted by a pair of 
bullock's horns ; their body is covered with net, made of stained 
grass ; and, to complete the whole and give them an appearance 
as ridiculous behind as they are hideous before, a bullock's tail 
protrudes through the dress and hangs down to the ground, ren- 
dering them altogether the most uncouth-looking beings imagina- 
ble. Sometimes a cocked-hat is substituted for the horns, and the 
skull of a dog or monkey used, which renders their appearance, if 
possible, still more grotesque. Thus equipped they are ready to 
perform the mysteries of their profession, which I had not suffi- 
cient opportunity to inquire into, but which are quite enough to 
enslave the minds of the people." — Lander'^s Travels in Africa, Vol. 
II., page ^1^. 

"Becoming obese by age and good living, Fundikira, Chief of 
the Unyannvezi, fell ill in the autumn of 1858, and, as usual, his re» 


lations were suspected of compassing his end by black magic. In 
these regions the death of one man causes many. The priest was 
summoned to api^Iy the usual ovdeal. After administering a mys- 
tic drug, he broke the neck of a fowl, and, splitting it into two 
lengths, inspected the interior. If blackness or blemish appear 
about the wings, it denotes the treachery of children, relations, 
and kinsmen ; the backbone convicts the mother and grand- 
mother ; the tail shows that the criminal is the wife, the thighs the 
concubines, and the injured shanks or feet the other slaves. Hav- 
ing fixed ujDon the class of the criminals, the}- are collected to- 
gether by the priest, who, after similarly dosing a second hen, 
throws her up into the air above the heads of the crowd, and 
singles out the jDcrson upon whom she alights. Confession is ex- 
torted by tying the thumb backward till it touches the wrist, or by 
some equally barbarous mode of question. The consequence of 
condemnation is certain and immediate death ; the mode is chosen 
by the priest. Some are speared, others are beheaded or clubbed ; 
a common way is to bind the cranium between two stiff pieces of 
wood, which are gradually tightened by cords till the brain bursts 
out from the sutures. For women they practise a peculiarly horri- 
ble kind of impalement. These atrocities continue until the chief 
recovers- or dies, — at the commencement of his attack, in one 
household eighteen souls, male and female, had been destroyed ; 
should his illness be protracted, scores will precede him to the 
grave, for the magician must surely die." — Burtoii's Africa, page 

" The Shangalla have but one language, and of a very guttural 
pronunciation. They worship various trees, serpents, the moon, 
planets, and stars in certain positions, which I never could so per- 
fectly understand as to give any account of them. A star passing 
near the horns of the moon denotes the coming of an enemy. 
They have priests, or rather diviners ; but it would seem that these 
are looked upon as servants of the evil being, rather than of the 
good. They prophesy bad events, and think they can afflict their 
enemies with sickness, even at a distance.*' — Brace's Travels, Vol. 
II. , page 554. 

" At Whydah I found the natives addicted to a very grovelling 


species of idolatry. It was their belief that the good as well as 
the evil spirit existed in living iguanas. In the home of the man 
with whom I dwelt, several of these large lizards were constantly 
fed and cherished as gods ; nor was any one allowed to interfere 
with their freedom, or to harm them even when they grew insuf- 
ferably offensive. The death of one of these crawling deities is 
considered a calamity in the household, and grief for the reptile 
becomes as great as for a departed parent." — Caiwfs Twenty 
Years of an African Slaver, j^age 2G6. 

"When the King of Whydah, in 1694, heard that Smith, the 
chief of the English factory, was dangerously ill with fever, he 
sent his fetichman to aid in the recovery. The priest went to the 
sick man, and solemnly announced that he came to save him. He 
then marched to the white man's burial-ground with a provision 
of brandy, oil, and rice, and made a loud oration to those that 
slept there : * O you dead white people, you wish to have Smith 
among you; but our king likes him, and it is not his will to let 
him go to be among you.' Passing on to the grave of Wyburn, 
the founder of the factory, he addressed him : * You, captain of all 
the whites who are here ! Smith's sickness is a piece of your work. 
You want his company, for he is a good man ; but our king does 
not want to lose him, and you can't have him yet.' Then digging 
a hole over the grave, he poured into it the articles which he had 
brought, and told him that if he needed these things, he gave 
them with good-will, but he must not expect to get Smith. The 
factor died notwithstanding." — Foote'^s Africa and the American 
Flag, page bS. 

*' A musket among those tribes is an object of almost supernat- 
ural dread ; individuals have been seen kneeling down before it, 
speaking to it in Avhispers, and addressing to it earnest supplica- 
tions." — Murray's African Discoveries, page 127. 

" The purposes for which fetiches are used are almost without 
number. One guards against sickness, another against drought, 
and a third against the disasters of war. One is used to draw 


down rain, another secures good crops, and a third fills the sea 
and rivers with fishes, and makes them willing to be taken in the 
fishermen's net. Insanity is cured by fetiches, the sterility of 
w^omen is removed, and there is scarcely a single evil incident to 
human life Avhich may not be overcome by this means ; the only 
condition annexed is that the right kind of fetich be employed. 
Some are intended to preserve life, others to destroy it. One in- 
spires a man with courage, makes him invulnerable in war, or 
paralyzes the energy of an adversary. They have also national 
fetiches to protect their towns from fire, pestilence, and from sur- 
prise by enemies. They have others to procure rain, to make 
fruitful seasons, and to cause abundance of game in their woods, 
and fish in their waters. Some of these are suspended along the 
highways, a larger number are kept under rude shanties at the 
entrances of their villages ; but the most important and sacred are 
kept in a house in the centre of the village, where the high-priest 
lives and takes care of them. Most of these, and especially those 
at the entrances of their villages, are of the most uncouth forms, 
representing the heads of animals or human beings, and almost 
always with a formidable pair of horns. One of the first things 
which salutes the eyes of a stranger, after planting his feet upon 
the shores of Africa, is the symbols of this religion. He steps 
forth from the boat under a canopy of fetiches, not only as a se- 
curity for his own safety, but as a guaranty that he does not carry 
the elements of mischief among the people ; he finds them sus- 
jjcnded along every i)ath he walks; at every junction of two or 
more roads ; at the crossing-place of every stream ; at the base 
of every large rock or overgrown forest-tree ; at the gate of every 
village ; over the door of every house, and around the neck of 
every human being whom he meets. They are set up on their 
farms, tied around their frait-trees, and are fastened to the necks 
of their sheep and goats to prevent them from being stolen. If a 
man trespasses upon the property of his neighbor, in defiance of 
the fetiches he has set up to protect it, he is confidently expected 
to suffer the penalty or his temerity at some time or other. If he 
is overtaken by a formidable malady or lingering sickness after- 
ward, even should it be after the lapse of twenty, thirt}', or forty 
years, he is known to be suffering the consequence of his own 

** And not only are these fetiches regarded as having power to 


protect or piinisli men, but they are equally omnipotent to shield 
themselves from violence. "White men are frequently challenged 
to test their invulnerability, by shooting at them ; and if they are 
destroyed in this way (and this is a very common occurrence), 
the only admission is, that that particular fetich had no special 
virtues, or it would have defended itself." — Wilson's Africa, page 

*' On the Gold Coast there are stated occasions, when the peo- 
ple turn out en masse (generally at night) with clubs and torches, 
to drive away the evil spirits from their towns. At a given signal, 
the whole community start np, commence a most hideous howl- 
ing, beat about in every nook and corner of their dwellings, then 
rush into the streets, with their torches and clubs, like so many 
frantic maniacs, beat the air, and scream at the top of their voices, 
until some one announces the departure of the spirits through 
some gate of the town, when they are putsued several miles into 
the woods, and warned not to come back. After this the people 
breathe easier, sleep more quietly, have better health, and the 
town is once more cheered by an abundance of food. Demo- 
niacal possessions are common, and the feats performed by those 
Avho are supposed to be under such influence are certainly not un- 
like those described in the New Testament. Frantic gestures, 
convulsions, foaming at the mouth, feats of supernatural strength, 
furious ravings, bodily lacerations, gnashing of teeth, and other 
things of a similar character, may be witnessed in most of the 
cases which are supposed to be under diabolical influences." — 
Wilson's Africa, page 217. 

" On some parts of the Gold Coast the crocodile is sacred; a 
certain class of snakes, on the Slave Coast, and the shark at 
Bonny, are all regarded as sacred, and are worshipped, not on 
their own account, perhaps, but because they are regarded as the 
temples, or dwelling-places of spirits. Like every other object of 
the kind, however, in the course of time the thing signified is for- 
gotten in the representative, and these various animals have long 
since been regarded ^\\W\ superstitious veneration, while little is 
thought of the indwelling spirit." — Wilson's Africa, page 218. 


*' In the afternoon, nearly all the principal persons in the town 
were dressed in their gayest attire ; a large group of them was 
collected under the fetich-tree, to see and hear the fetichraan, 
w^hile he made his orations, and danced to the sound of several 
drums which were played by females. The appearance of the 
fetichman was very much like that of a clown ; his face was daubed 
with white clay ; he had a large iron chain hanging around his 
neck, which seemed to be worn as a necklace ; around his legs 
were tied bunches of fetich ; and he held in his hand an immense 
knife, about fifteen inches long, and two and half broad. Some- 
times he danced with many frantic gestures ; and at other times 
stood gazing around him with every indi(^ation of a vacant mind. 
While I w^as at a distance looking at him, he set out, and ran to a 
distance of about a hundred yards. Anxious to keep him in sight, 
I w'alked forward, past a small shed, which would have concealed 
him from me, and saw him standing with a musket at his shoulder, 
taking aim at a turkey-buzzard on a tree hard by." — Freemaii's 
Africa, l^age 26. 

*' Worship is not confined to any particular species of serpent, 
but is extended generally to all. A woman was seen one day 
worshijoping a small serpent, and overheard praying to it the 
unique and selfish prayer, ' Give rain to my garden, let me have 
plenty; and let there be nobody in the w^orld but you and me.' 
On meeting a serpent in the road, a woman will take off some of 
her beads and offer them as a present or sacrifice, in token of ven- 
eration. They are regarded as representing, in some way, their 
dej)arted ancestors ; and hence, one has been heard addressing a 
serpent, and saying, * Ah, I see in your eyes my former chief.' 
These are additional facts which serve to illustrate the doctrine of 
the almost universal w^orship of serpents, — one of the strangest 
anomalies in the religious history of mankind." — Freemaii's Af- 
rica^ 'page 279. 

*' The chief objects of worship in Whydah are snakes and a largo 
cottonwood-tree. There is a snake-house which I used to go often 
to see. The snakes are of the boa species, and are from five to 
fifteen feet in length. You can almost always see them crawling 


about the streets. When the natives see them they fall down and 
kiss the earth. They are perfectly harmless, as I have often seen 
the natives take them np and carry them back to the fetich-house. 
It is not at all unfrequent to find them on the mat alongside of you 
in the morning, as the huts are without doors. I had my lodging 
in what was once an English fort, but is now in ruins, and is a fa- 
vorite resort of the snakes. I never found one in my room, but 
one morning, upon looking in the room adjoining mine, I found 
one almost seven feet long. The penalty for killing one is — for 
a white person — the price of sixty slaves; for a native, he is 
shut up in a bamboo house, and then the house is set on fire. The 
poor fellow has the privilege of getting outif he can, and running for 
the lagoon, a distance of two miles, followed by the mob, and if 
he reaches the water he is free. But very few can ever avail 
themselves of this water cure. It is a great dodge with the fetich- 
man, if he knows that you are peculiarly averse to this kind of 
god, to bring them near your house and put them down, knowing 
they will enter, and he will be sent for to come and take them 
away, for which he gets a few strings of cowries." — Wesfs Afri- 
can Correspondence of the Boston Post, 1859. 

** We passed along a narrow path some distance, till we came 
to two sticks, stuck ujd, one on each side of the path, with a small 
piece of white cotton rag on the top of each. The boys declared 
that it would be at the peril of my life if I proceeded any further 
in that direction, for this was the road to a fetich-house ; and the 
fetichman had stuck up those sticks as a warning not to attempt 
to proceed any further. I pretended, however, not to compre- 
hend their palaver, and walked on till I was some distance past 
the spot, when I looked round, and ordered them to come on ; 
but they stood trembling, watching, expecting to see me drof) 
down dead. After many assurances of the absurdity of such 
superstition, they were at last induced to follow me. Such is the 
infatuation of the people all along the West Coast, and, in fact, in 
most places I have yet visited in the interior." — Duncan's Africa, 
Vol. L, page 174. 

" The snake is also a fetich or idol here ; and houses are built 


in several parts of the town for the accommodation of snakes, 
where they are regularly fed. These houses are about seven feet 
high in the walls, with conical roof, about eight feet diameter, 
and circular. The snakes are of the boa-constrictor tribe, and 
are considered quite harmless, although I have my doubts ujDon 
it. They generally leave this house at intervals ; and, when found 
by any of the natives, are taken up and immediately conveyed 
back to the fetich-house, where they are placed on the top of the 
w^all, under the thatch. It is disgusting to witness the homage 
paid to these reptiles by the natives. When one of them is picked 
up by any one, others will prostrate themselves as it is carried 
past, throwing dust on their heads, and begging to be rubbed 
over the body with the reptile." — Duncan's Africa, Vol. L, 
page 126, 



•' The natives, finding it irksome to sit and wait until God 
gives them rain from heaven, entertain the more comfortable idea 
that they can help themselves by a variety of preparations, such 
as charcoal made of burned bats, inspissated renal deposit of the 
mountain cony, the internal parts of different animals, — as 
jackals' livers, baboons' and lions' hearts, and hairy calculi from 
the bowels of cows, — serpents' skins and vertebroe, and every 
kind of tuber, bulb, root, and plant to be found in the country. 
Although you disbelieve their efiicacy in charming the clouds to 
pour out their refreshing treasures, yet, conscious that civility is 
useful everywhere, you kindly state that you think they are mis- 
taken as to their power. The rain-doctor selects a particular 
bulbous root, pounds it, and administers a cold infusion to a sheep, 
which, in five minutes afterward, expires in convulsions. Part 
of the same bulb is converted into smoke, and ascends toward 
the sky ; rain follows in a day or two. The inference is obvious.'* 
— Livingstone'' s Africa, page 24. 


**The modes in which the rain-makers propitiate the clouds are 
various. The one most commonly practised is by collecting a few 
leaves of each individual variety of tree in the forest, which they 
allow to simmer in large pots over a slow fire, while a sheep is 
killed by pricking it in the heart with a long sewing-needle, while 
the rain-maker is employed in performing a variety of absurd in- 
cantations. The steam arising from the simmering leaves is sup- 
joosed to reach and propitiate the clouds, and the remainder of 
the da}' is spent in dances, which are joined in b}^ all the tribe, 
and kept up till midnight, being accompanied with songs having 
a long-continued chorus, in which all join, and the burden of 
which is the power and praises of the rain-maker ; but the fields 
of young corn become parched and withered." — Curnming's 
Africa, Vol. II., page 63. 

**When the rain-makers fail to fulfil their promises, they al- 
ways ascribe their want of success to the presence of some mys- 
terious agency, which has destroyed the effect of their otherwise 
infallible nostrums. One of the anti-rain-making articles is ivory, 
which is believed to have great influence in driving away rain, in 
consequence of which, in the summer season, they produce it only 
as the sun goes down, at which time it is brought for the trader's 
inspection, carefully wrapped in a kaross. I remember on one 
occasion incurring the censure of a whole tribe, who firmly be- 
lieved me to have frightened the rain from their dominions by 
exposing a quantity of ivory at noon-day ; and, on another occa- 
sion, the chief of a certain tribe commanded a missionary, Avith 
whom I am acquainted, to remove all the rafters from the roof of 
his house, these having been pointed out by the rain-maker as 
obstructing the success of his incantations." — Cumming'^s Africa^ 
Vol, II. y page 64. 

" It occurred some time ago, while the Rev. Mr. Lemne was 
residing here, that a horse died at the village, at a time when 
rain was much wanted. Mr. Lemne very properly had the car- 
cass of the animal dragged away to a great distance, to avoid the 
evils arising from its putrefaction in so hot a climate. This act 
became a matter of great consultation, and it was decided in some 


way that this dragging to a distance the remains of the dead horse 
prevented the rain coming; and the chief above named actually 
sent men, with leathern cords, to drag it again to the village, and 
there it was placed, at no great distance from Mr. Lemne^s house, 
and left to decay ! " — Freeman's Africa, page 269. 

*' They are subject to a variety of diseases which baffle the skill 
of their medical advisers, who, in such cases, have recourse to 
smearing the patient with cow-dung, and keeping up his spirits 
with the constant excitement of dancing and singing within his 
hut." — Steedman's Africa, Vol. I., page 207. 

'* The Kru candidate for medical honors is not subject to a 
formal examination by a board of trustees, but is required to 
evince his proficiency in a different way. The head of a chicken 
is secretly deposited in one of a number of earthen jars provided 
for the occasion, and he is required to go and point out the one in 
which it is secreted. If he does this promptly, it is conclusive 
proof of his qualification to be a doctor, and is the occasion of 
unbounded exultation on the part of his friends. His head is then 
shorn, and the hair is carefully folded up, and kept as an indis- 
jDcnsable means of success, and is sometimes pawned as a security 
for his good behavior and faithful discharge of duty. The doc- 
tor's badge of office is a monkey's skin, which he carries in the 
form of a roll wherever he goes, and of which he is quite as proud 
as his white brother is of his sheep-skin diploma." — Wilsoii's 
Africa, page 134. 

" When all ready for the trial, I went down to look at the 
Ouganga doctor, who looked literally like the devil. I never saw 
a more ghastly object. He had on a high head-dress of black 
leathers. His eyelids were painted red, and a red stripe, from 
the nose upward, divided his forehead in two parts. Another red 
stripe passed round his head. The face was painted white, and 
on each side of the mouth were two round red spots. About his 
neck hung a necklace of grass, and also a cord, which held a box 
against his breast. This little box is sacred, and contains spirits. 


A number of strips of leopard and other skins crossed his breast 
and were exposed about his jierson ; and all these were charmed, 
and had charms attached to them. From each shoulder down to 
his hands was a white strij^e ; and one hand was painted quite 
white. To complete this horrible array, he wore a string of little 
bells around his body. 

*',He sat on a box or stool, before which stood another box con- 
taining charms. On this stood a looking-glass, beside which lay 
a buffalo-horn containing some black powder, and said, in addi- 
tion, to be the refuge of many spirits. He had a little basket of 
snake-bones, which he shook frequently during his incantations, 
as also several skins, to which little bells were attached. Near 
by stood a fellow beating a board with two sticks. All the people 
of the village gathered about this couple, who, after continuino* 
their incantations for quite a while, at last came to the climax. 
Jombuaiwas told to call over the names of persons in the village, 
iu order that the doctor might ascertain if any one of those named 
did the sorcery. As each name was called, the old cheat looked 
in the glass to see the result. During the whole operation, I 
stood near him, which seemed to trouble him greatly. At last, 
after all the names were called, the doctor declared that he could 
not find any 'witch-man,' but that an evil spirit dwelt in the 
village, and many of the people would die if they continued 
there." — Z)?f Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 282. 

'* A celebrated doctor had been sent for from a distance, and 
appeared in the morning, decked out in the most fantastic man- 
ner. Half his body was painted red and the other half white ; his 
face was daubed with streaks of black, white, and red ; and, of 
course, he wore around his neck a great quantity of fetiches. 
The villagers were assembled, and the doctor had commenced his 
divinations, when I arrived at the place, a witness once again of 
this gloomy ceremony, — which was different from that of the 
Commi people seen formerly by me, as related in ' Adventures in 
Equatorial Africa.' The doctor counterfeited his voice when 
speaking, in order to impress on the 2^eople a duo sense of his 
supernatural powers of divination ; all the painting, dressing, and 
mummery have the same object in view, namely, to strike awe 
into the minds of the peoiDle. A black earthenware vessel filled 


with water, and surrounded by charmed ochre and fetiches, served 
the purpose of the looking-ghiss used by the coast tribes. The 
doctor, seated on his stool, looked intently and mysteriously into 
the water, shook his head, then looked into a lighted torch, which 
he waved over it, made contortions with his body, trying to look 
as ugly as he could, then repeated the mummeries over again, 
and concluded by pronouncing that the persons who were bewitch- 
ing the village were people belonging to the place." — Du Cliail- 
lu's AsJiango-Land, page 173. 

'* Whilst I am on the subject of native doctoring, I must relate 
what I saw afterwards in the course of Mayolo's illness. I knew 
the old chief had been regularly attended by a female doctor, and 
often wondered what she did to him. At lenojth, one mornius: I 
happened to go into his house when she was administering her 
cures, and remained an interesting spectator to watch her opera- 
tions. Mayolo was seated on a mat, submitting to all that was 
done with the utmost gravity and jjatience. Before him was 
extended the skin of a wild animal. The woman was eno^aged in 
rubbing his body all over with her hands, muttering all the while, 
in a low voice, words which I could not understand. Having 
continued this wholesome friction for some time, she took a piece 
of alumbi chalk and made with it a broad stripe along the middle 
of his chest and down each arm. This done, she chewed a 
quantity of some kind of roots and seeds, and, having well 
charged her mouth with saliva, spat upon him in diflferent places, 
but aiming her heaviest shots at the parts most aifected. Finally, 
she took a bunch of a particular kind of grass, whicli had been 
gathered when in bloom and was now dry, and, lighting it, 
touched with the flame the body of her patient in various places, 
beginning at the foot and gradually ascending to the head. I 
could jDerceive that Mayolo smarted with the pain of the burns, 
when the torch remained too long. When the flame was 
extinguished, the woman applied the burnt part of the torch to her 
patient's body, and so the operations ended." — Bu Chaillu's Ash' 
ango-Land, page 169. 




*• Close to the place where we stood, was a ch'cle of naked 
savage women, all black as a coal, who were performing the 
oddest antics imaginable ; and still nearer stood a wild-looking 
group of their male companions, resting on their tall spears and 
participating in the frolic with all their hearts. A three-cornered 
rush or straw hat, having a high peak, but without a brim, was 
the only article of dress worn by these men." — Lander^'s Travels 
in Africa, Vol. I., page 307. 

** The Shangalla of both sexes, while single, go entirely naked ; 
the married men, indeed, have a very slender covering about 
their waist, and married women the same. Young men and 
young women, till long i^ast the age of puberty, are totally 
uncovered, and in constant conversation and habits with each 
other, in woods and solitudes, free from constraint, and without 
any punishment annexed to the transgression." — Bruc^s Africa^ 
Vol. II., page 558. 

"The natives came down to the boats. They are something 
superlative in the way of savages; the men as naked as they 
came into the world ; their bodies rubbed with ashes, and their 
hair stained red by a plaster of ashes and cow's urine. These 
fellows are the most unearthly-looking devils I ever saw, — there 
is no other expression for them. The unmarried women are also 
entirely naked ; the married have a fringe made of grass around 
their loins." — Baker's Great Basin of the Nile, page 42. 

*' There is little difficulty in describing the toilet of the natives, 
— that of the men being simplified by the sole covering of the 
head, the body being entirely nude. It is curious to observe 
among these wild savages the consummate vanity displayed in their 


head-dresses. Every tribe has a distinct and unchanging fashion 
for dressing the hair ; and so elaborate is the coiffure that liair- 
dressing is reduced to a science. European ladies would be 
startled at the fact, that to perfect the coiffure of a man requires 
a period of from eight to ten years." — Bakefs Great Basin of tlie 
Nile, page 42. 

" Among the worst characteristics of Kaffir society, is its great 
incontinence. Most young women are frequently and forcibly 
violated before marriage ; and widows are considered public prop- 
erty. When the chiefs wish to carry any particular point, they 
seize a number of young women, and give them up to their wild 
warriors. This I do not think has been noticed before in any 
account of the Kaffirs ; and, with * wholesale and periodical rape,' 
constitutes a very black feature in their character. Adultery also 
is frequent among them ; and the fine is merely a cow. The fol- 
lowing I know to be a fact : A Kaffir coveted a handsome cow, or 
one with a musical voice, the property of his neighbor ; he ordered 
his wife to throw herself in his neighbor's way ; the guilty pair 
were detected ; and the injured husband secured the object of his 
desires." — Alexander's Africa, Vol. I., page 397. 

"The women clothe themselves better than the Balonda, but 
the men go in puris naturalibus. They walk about Avithout the 
smallest sense of shame. They have even lost the tradition of 
the * fig-leaf.' I asked a fine, large-bodied old man if he did not 
think it would be better to adopt a little covering. . He looked 
with a pitying leer, and laughed with surprise at my thinking him 
at all indecent ; he evidently considered himself above such weak 
superstition. I told him that, on my return, I should have my 
family with me, aud no one must come near us in that state. 
* What shall we put on, — we having no clothing? It was con- 
sidered a good joke when I told them that, if they had nothing 
else, they must put on a bunch of grass." — Livingstone's Africa^ 
page 690. 

** There is no difference between the sexes during their early 


years. A sense of shame or modesty seems altogether unknown 
or disreirarded : nor is it unusual to find ten or a dozen of both 
genders huddled promiscuously beneath a roof whose walls are 
not more than fifteen feet square. True to his nature, a Vey 
bushman rises in the morning to swallow his rice, aild crawls 
back to his mat, which is invariably placed in the sunshine, where 
he basks till moontide, when another wife serves him a second 
meal. The remainder of the daylight is passed either in gossip 
or a second siesta, till, at sundown, his other wives wash his body, 
furnish a third meal, and stretch his wearied limbs before a blaz- 
ing fire to refresh him for the toils of the succeeding day. In fact 
the slaves of a household, together with its females, form the 
entire working class of Africa." — Canofs Twenty Years of an Afri- 
can Slaver, page 430. 

** Women in Africa will frequently bathe in public, and before 
strangers, without the slightest shame. . . . Young men 
erroneously suppose that there is something voluptuous in the ex- 
cessive dishabille of an equatorial girl. On the contrary, nothing 
is so moral and so repulsive as nakedness. Dress must have been 
the invention of some clever woman to ensnare the passions of 
men." — B.ead^s Savage Africa^ pcig^ 424. 

•*The women in all the tribes are much given to intrigue, and 
chastity is an unknown virtue." — Du CJiaiUu's Equatorial Africa, 
page 382. 

*' Some of their customs are so obscene that even the record of 
them would be inadmissible here." — Valdez's Africa, Vol. II., 
page 163. 

** This freedom of the women I did not much relish, and desired 
my servants to ask them what they wanted. They replied that 
their object was to obtain a dram of rum, and offer themselves 
as wives, saying that every great man had a number of wives, 
and, knowing me to be a stranger with no wife, they supposed 


that of course I wanted a few." — DuncarCs Africa^ Vol. I., page 

' The women of Inasamet not only made the first advances, 
but, what is worse, they were offered even by the men, — their 
brethren or husbands. Even those among the men whose behavior 
was least vile and revolting did not cease urging us to engage 
with the women, who failed not to present themselves soon after- 
wards. It could scarcely be taken as a joke. Some of the 
women were immensely fat, particularly in the hinder regions." — 
Bartli's Africa, Vol. I., page 408. 

* The chief just mentioned was in a certain degree subject to 
the rulers of Bornu ; but it seemed rather an ironical assertion that 
this prince would be pleased with the arrival of the exiDcdition. 
"While describing his reception at the court of the chief, the scout 
indulged in a lively description of the customs prevalent among 
these people. His majest}', he said, used to indulge in amorous 
intercourse with his female slaves, of whom he had two hundred, 
before the eyes of his people, — an account which was rather con- 
firmed by Belal, who had been his host several times. Belal, 
who was a very jovial old fellow, also stated that this little j^rince 
was not jealous of the favors bestowed by his female partners 
upon his guests, but, on the contrary, that he himself voluntarily 
gave them up to them." — Bartli's Africa, Vol., II., page 216. 

*' The people in general are very libidinous, but their ability 
answers not their desire ; however, their too frequent actions and 
their dealing with variety of women draw upon them no small 
inconveniences. Nor do the women fall short of the men in their 
unchastity, wholly giving themselves up to venereal exercises; 
and if continually troubled with a furor uterinus, at all times chew 
and eat such herbs and barks of trees as are the greatest incen- 
tives to heighten their desires to almost hourly congresses." — 
Ogilby^s Africa, page 390. 




" The large quantity of palm-trees in and around the village 
furnishes the inhabitants of Mokaba with a ready supply of their 
favorite drink, palm-wine ; for, as I have said before, they are a 
merry people, and make a regular practice of getting drunk 
every day, as long as the wine is obtainable. I often saw them 
climb the trees in early morning, and take deep draughts from the 
calabashes suspended there. Like most drunken people they be- 
come quarrelsome ; and being a lively and excitable race, many 
frays occur. Happily the palm-wine season lasts only a few 
months in the year; it was the height of the drunken season 
when I was at Mokaba. I saw very few men who had not scars, 
or the marks of one or more wounds, received in their merry- 
making scrimmages. Their holidays are very frequent. Un- 
limited drinking is the chief amusement, together with dancing, 
tam-tamming, and wild uproar, which last all night." — Du Cliail- 
liCs Asliango-Land, page 260. 

"The kino-, as usual, was drunk when I arrived. Indeed, he 
was too tipsy to stand on his legs ; nevertheless, he was bullying 
and boasting in a loud tone of voice. I had not been in his place 
long before he ordered another calabash full of palm-wine, and 
drank off about a gallon of it. This finished him up for the day ; 
he fell back into the arms of his loving wives, ejaculating many 
times, ' I am a big king ! I am a big king ! ' The voice soon be- 
came inaudible, and he fell asleep." — Bu Chaillu's Asliango-Land, 
page 41. 

" The king's usual way of living is to sleep all day, till toward 
sunset ; then he gets up to drink, and goes to sleep again till mid- 
night ; then he rises and eats, and if he has any strong liquors, 
will sit and drink till daylight, and then eat, and go to sleep again. 
When he is well stocked with liquor, he will sit and drink for five 
or six days together, and not eat one morsel of anything in all 


that time. It is to that insatiable thirst of his after brandy that 
his subjects' freedom and families are in so precarious a situation ; 
for he very often goes with some of his troops by a town in the 
daytime, and returns in the night, and sets fire to three parts of 
it, and sets guards at the fourth to seize the people as they run 
out from the fire. He then ties their arms behind them, and 
marches them to the 23lace where he sells them into slavery." — 
Moore's Inland Parts of Africa, page 87. 

"The virtue of chastity I do not believe to exist in "Wawa. 
Even the widow Zuma lets out her female slaves for hire, like the 
rest of the ^^eople of the town. Neither is sobriety held as a vir- 
tue. I never was in a place in my life where drunkenness was so 
general. Governor, priest, and layman, and even some of the 
ladies, drink to excess. I was pestered for three or four days by 
the governor's daughter, who used to come several times in a day, 
painted and bedizened in the highest style of Wawa fashion, but 
always half tipsy. I could only get rid of her by telling her that 
I prayed and looked at the stars all night, and never drank any- 
thing stronger than water. She always departed in a flood of 
tears. — ClappertorCs Africa^ page 129. 



" The i^eople usually show their joy and work off their excite- 
ment in dances and songs. The dance consists of the men stand- 
ing nearly naked in a circle, with clubs or small battle-axes in 
their hands, and each roaring at tlie loudest jjitch of his voice, 
while they simultaneously lift one leg, stamp heavily twice with 


it, then lift the other and give one stamp with that ; this is the 
only movement in common. The arms and head are often thrown 
about, also, in every direction ; and all this time the roaring is 
kept up with the utmost possible vigor ; the continual stamping 
makes a cloud of dust ascend, and they leave a deep ring in the 
ground where they stood. If the same were witnessed in the 
lunatic asylum it would be nothing out of the way, and quite ap- 
propriate even, as a means of letting off the excessive excitement 
of the brain ; but here gray-headed men joined in the perform- 
ance with as much zest as others whose youth might be an excuse 
for making the perspiration stream off their bodies with the exer- 
tion." — Livingstone's Africa, page 245. 

"The villagers, especially in the remoter districts, were even 
more troublesome, noisy, and inquisitive than the Wagogo. A 
'notable passion of wonder' appeared in them. We felt like 
baited bears ; we were mobbed in a moment, and scrutinized from 
every point of view by them. The inquisitive wretches stood on 
tiptoe; they squatted on their hams; they bent sideways; and 
they thrust forth their necks like hissing geese to vary the pros- 
pect." — Burton's Africa, page 359. 

*'0n the spot were the people assembled, with every instru- 
ment capable of making a noise which could be procured in the 
whole town. They had formed themselves into a large treble 
circle, and continued running round with amazing velocity, cry- 
ing, shouting, and groaning with all their might. They tossed 
and liuno- their heads about, twisted their bodies into all manner 
of contortions, jumped into the air, stamped with their feet on the 
ground, and flourished their hands above their heads. No scene 
in the romance of Robinson Crusoe was so wild and savage as 
this. Little boys and girls were outside the ring, running to and 
fro, and clashing empty calabashes against each other ; groups of 
men were blowing on trumpets, which produced a harsh and dis- 
cordant sound ; some were employed in beating old drums ; oth- 
ers again were blowing on bullock's horns ; and, in the short in- 
tervals between the rapid succession of all these fiend-like noises, 
was heard one more dismal than the rest, proceeding from an iron 


tube, accompanied by the clinking of chains, — indeed, every- 
thing that could increase the uproar was put in requisition on this 
memorable occasion ; nor did it cease till midnight. Never have 
we witnessed so extraordinary a scene as this. If a European, 
a stranger to Africa, were to be placed of a sudden in the midst 
of these people, he would imagine himself to be among a legion 
of demons, holding a revel over a fallen spirit, so peculiarly un- 
earthly, wild, and horrifying was the appearance of the dancing 
group, and the clamor which they made." — Landefs Travels in 
Africa, Vol. I., page 366. 

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*' Gratitude with the African is not even a sense of prospective 
favor. He looks upon a benefit as the weakness of his benefactor 
and his own strength ; consequently he will not recognize even 
the hand that feeds him. He will, jierhaps, lament for a night 
the death of a parent or a child, but the morrow will find him thor- 
oughly comforted. The name of hospitality, except for interested 
motives, is unknown to him. *What will you give me?' is his 
first question. To a stranger entering a village the worst hut is 
assigned, and, if he complain, the answer is that he can find en- 
camping-ground outside. Instead of treating him like a guest, 
which the Arab Bedouin would hold to be a point of pride, of 
honor, his host comjDcls him to pay and prepay every article ; 
otherwise he might starve in the midst of plenty." — Burton's Af- 
rica, page 490. 

** The curiosity of these people, and the little ceremony with 


wliicli they gratify it, are, at times, most troublesome. A 
stranger must be stared at ; total apatliy is the only remedy ; if 
the victim lose his temper, or attempt to dislodge them, he will 
find it like disturbing a swarm of bees. They will come for miles 
to ' sow gape-seed.' If the tent-fly be closed, they will peer and 
peep from below, comphiining loudly against the occupant ; and, 
if further prevented, they may proceed to violence. On the road 
hosts of idlers, especially women, boys, and girls, will follow the 
caravan for hours. It is a truly offensive spectacle, — these un- 
couth figures, running at a ' gymnastic pace,' half clothed, except 
with grease, with iDendent bosoms shaking in the air, and cries 
that resemble the howls of beasts more than any effort of humau 
articulation." — Burtoivs Africa, page 496. 

"To travellers, the African is, of course, less civil than to mer- 
chants, from Avhom he expects to gain something. He will refuse 
a mouthful of water out of his abundance to a man dying of thirst ; 
utterly unsympathizing, he will not stretch out a hand to save 
another's goods, though worth thousands of dollai'S." — Burton's 
Africa^ page 491. 

*' The traveller cannot practise pity ; he is ever in the dilemma 
of maltreating or being maltreated. Were he to deal civilly 
and liberally with this people, he would starve ; it is vain to offer 
a price for even the necessaries of life ; it would certainly be re- 
fused, because more is wanted, and so on beyond the bounds of 
possibility." — Burton^ s Africa, x^age 88. 

" The Wagogo are importunate beggars, who specify their long 
list of wants without stint or shame ; their principal demand is to- 
bacco, which does not grow in the land ; and they resemble the 
Somal, who never sight a stranger without stretching out the 
hand for ' bori.' The men are idle and debauched, spending 
their days in unbroken revelry and drunkenness, while the girls 
and women hoe the fields, and the boys tend the |locks and 
herds," ^- i>«.r^o?i's Africa , page 215. 


** In proportion as the traveller advances into the interior, he 
finds the people less humane, or rather less human. The Waviuza, 
the Wajiji, and other lakist tribes, much resemble one another. 
They are extortionate, violent, and revengeful barbarians ; no 
Muyamwezi dares to travel alone through their territories, and 
small parties are ever in danger of destruction." — Burtons Africa^ 
page 498. 

"From the highest to the lowest, all classes are most pertina- 
cious beggars. Whatsoever is seen is surely demanded, — guns, 
knives, scissors, beads, cloth, mirrors, and dollars. The love of 
acquiring i^roperty stifles every sense of shame ; and no com- 
punction is felt in asldng for the cloak from off the back, or in 
carrying it away during a pitiless storm." — Harrises Adventures 
in Africa, page 299. 

*' They are a people remarkable for their disregard for titith, — a 
wickedness which I regret to state I found very prevalent in South- 
ern Africa. They are also great beggars, generally commencing 
by soliciting for * trexels,' — a trexel being a pound of tea or coffee. 
Knowing the gallantry of our nation, they affu'm this to be a pres- 
ent for a wife or daughter, whom they represent as being poorly. 
If this is granted, they continue their importunities, successively 
fancying your hat, neckcloth, and coat." — Cumming''s Africa, Vol. 
I., page 128. 

**I was extremely anxious to get away from this place, as I 
was sorely pestered by begging parties, — the inhabitants of 
Wuruo and Sokoto beino: the most troublesome be<?gars in the 
world." — Barth's Africa, Vol. III., page 137. 

"The peojDle are in general faithless and very covetous, and 
they never make a present without expecting to receive three times 
as much in return." — Valdez's Africa, Vol. IL, page 208. 


•* I retired to my hut in disgust. This afternoon a messenger 
arrived from the king with twentj'-four small pieces of straw, cut 
into lengths of about four inches. These he laid carefully in a 
row, and explained that Speke had given that number of presents, 
whereas I had only given ten, — the latter figure being carefully 
exemplified by ten pieces of straw ; he wished to know * why I 
did not give him the same number as he had received from 
Speke.' This miserable, grasping, lying coward, is nevertheless 
a king, and the success of my expedition depends upon him." — 
Baker''s Great Basin of the Nile, page 313. 

"True to his natural instincts, the kino^ commenced beoro-ino-, 
and being much struck with my Highland costume, he de- 
manded it as a proof of friendship, saying, that if I refused I could 
not be his friend. My watch, compass, and double Fletcher rifle 
were asked for in their turn ; all of which I refused to give him. 
He appeared much annoyed, therefore I presented him with a 
pound-canister of powder, a box of caps, and a few bullets. He 
replied, 'What's the use of the ammunition, if you won't give me 
your rifle ? ' I explained that I had already given him a gun, 
and that he had a rifle of Speke's. Disgusted with his importu- 
nity, I rose to depart, telling him that I should not return to visit 
him, as I did not believe he was the real Kamrasi. I had heard 
that Kamrasi was a great king, but that he was a mere beggar, 
and was doubtless an impostor." — Bahefs Great Basin of the Nile, 
page 386. 

"Nothing seems to us so incommensurable with the trouble, 
fatigue, and danger of African travel as the small success which 
usually rewards the explorer of this impenetrable continent. In 
other countries it has been said you ought to travel alone on foot, 
or eji grand seigneur, if you wish to understand the people or their 
customs. In Africa either method is impossible to any purpose. 
In its savage equatorial districts no EurojDean can travel alone ; 
his necessary baggage calls for a small company of followers. 
He must trade and he must defend his goods. He cannot avoid 
arousing the cupidity of every tribe with which he comes in con- 
tact, and yet he must depend upon their good-will for his chance 


of seeing any other. Infinitely more strange to them than they 
can be to him, he is at once associated with any misfortune which 
has happened to them, either shortly before 'his arrival, during 
his stay with them, or following close upon his departure. He 
becomes the object of constant intrigues, and of unceasing, if 
simple efforts at extortion. How can it be otherwise ? He carries 
about with him what, in the eyes of the savages by whom he is 
surrounded, is wealth greater than that in Aladdin's cave. Only 
by the rarest good fortune can he hope to escape from some con- 
tingency which will rob him not only of all he possesses, but also 
of most of the tangible results of his labors, if not of his life." — 
Westminster Beview, 1867. 

" When they can no longer ask, they begin to borrow, with the 
firm resolution of never repaying; and, what is worst of all, when, 
they make a present, they hold it a deadly offence not to receive 
at least double the value in return." — Murrarfs African Discover- 
ies, page G9. 

"In begging, the South Africans are most ceaseless and impor- 
tunate. At Mr. BurchelPs first entrance, they observed a certain 
degree of ceremony, and only one solitary cry for tobacco was 
heard ; but this feeling of delicacy or decorum soon gave way. 
Mattivi himself made a private request that the presents intended 
for him should not be seen by the people at large, by whom they 
would soon be all begged away. They seemed to have more 
pride in what they procured by solicitation than in a thing of 
greater value if received as a spontaneous gift." — Murray^s Afri- 
can Discoveries, page 222. 

'* Tjopopa would spend whole days at our camp in the most ab- 
solute idleness and apathy, teasing us with begging for everything 
he saw. Like all Damaras, he had a perfect mania for tobacco, 
and considered no degradation too deep provided he could obtain 
a few inches of narcotic weed. . . . He was supposed to hav^e no 
less than twenty wives, — two of whom, I found to my astonish- 
ment, were mother and daughter. I have since ascertained that 


it is by no means an unusual practice amongst this demoralizecl 
nation." — Anderssoiis Africa, page 135. 

"It often came about that our liouse was like a shop where 
there are customers in abundance, except that in our case they 
were customers who wished to have everything for nothing. One 
wanted a hatchet, another a garment, a third needles, a fourth a 
dollar, a fifth salt or joepper, a sixth physic ; and so, in one day, 
we sometimes had fifteen or twenty applicants, all begging, and 
often after a very cunning fashion." — Krapfs Africa, page 175. 

"The chief now said something to his boys, and then retired 
out of sight. Immediately a dozen or more boys were in chase 
of an unfortunate rooster ; ever}^ boy or girl who came up was 
pressed into service, so that soon nearly all the children of the 
town were engaged in the chase. Finally the rooster was cap- 
tured, and taken to the chief, who now came forward and, with a 
low bow, presented it to me. We were now allowed to proceed. 
You may be sure, if you are acquainted with the African charac- 
ter, that the chief did not fail to pay me a visit soon after, when I 
had to make him a return present of four or five times the value 
of his fowl. Nor was this suflicient, but he must come four or 
five times, giving me to understand he wanted something." — 
Scotfs Dag Dawn in Africa, page 108. 

" Both men and women give themselves wholly up, as it were, 
to wantonness ; and toward strangers they are churlish and uncivil, 
not only exacting from them beyond reason, but defrauding them 
by many subtle and sly inventions." — Ogilby''s Africa, p)age 521. 

" I was about to take my leave, when the King of Bondou, 
desiring me to stop awhile, began a long preamble in favor of 
the whites, extolling their immense wealth and good dispositions. 
He next proceeded to an eulogium on my blue coat, of which the 
yellow buttons seemed particularly to catch his fancy ; and he 
concluded by entreating me to present him with it, assuring me, 


for my consolation under the loss of it, tliat lie would wear it on 
all public occasions, and inform every one who saw it of my great 
liberality toward him. The request of an African prince, in his 
own dominions, particularly when made to a stranger, comes 
little short of a command. It is only a way of obtaining by gentle 
means what he can, if he pleases, obtain by force ; and, as it was 
against my interest to offend him by a refusal, I very quietly took 
off my coat, the only good one in my possession, and hiid it at his 
feet." — Mungo Parh^s Travels in Africa, page 44. 

*' Another drew his knife, and, seizing upon a metal button 
which remained upon my waistcoat, cut it oft' and put it in his 
pocket. Their intentions were now obvious, and I thought that 
the easier they were permitted to rob me of everything, the less I 
had to fear. I, therefore, allowed them to search my pockets 
without resistance, and examine every part of my apparel, which 
they did with the most scrupulous exactness. But observing that 
I had one waistcoat under another, they insisted that I should cast 
them both oft"; and at last, to make sure work, they stripped me 
quite naked. Even ray half boots (though the sole of one of them 
was tied on to my foot with a broken bridle-rein) were minutely 
inspected. While they were examining the plunder, I begged 
them, with great earnestness, to return my pocket-compass; but 
when I pointed it out to them, as it was lying on the ground, one 
of them, thinking I was about to take it up, cocked his musket, 
and swore that he would lay me dead on the spot if I j^resumed to 
put a hand upon it. After this, some of them went away with my 
horse, and the remainder stood considering whether they should 
leave me quite naked, or allow me something to shelter me from 
the sun. They returned me the worst of the two shirts and a 
l^air of trousers ; and, as they went away, one of them threw back 
my hat, in the crown of whicli I kept my memorandums; and 
this was i^robably the reason he did not wish to keep it. After 
they were gone, I sat for some time looking around me with 
amazement and terror. Whichever way I turned, nothing ap- 
peared but danger and difficulty. I saw myself in the midst of a 
vast wilderness, in the depth of the rainy season, naked and alone, 
surrounded by savage animals, and men still more savage. I 
was five hundred miles from the nearest European settlement. 


All these circumstances crowded at once on my recollection, and 
I confess that my spirits began to fail me. I considered my fate 
as certain, and that I had no alternative but to lie down and 
perish." — Mungo ParWs Travels in Africa, page 113. 



" Africa from the earliest ages has been the most conspicuous 
theatre of crime and of wrong; where social life has lost the 
traces of primitive simplicity, without rising to order, principle, 
or refinement ; where fraud and violence are formed into national 
systems, and man trembles at the sight of his fellow-man. For 
centuries this continent has seen thousands of her unfortunate 
children draofo^ed in chains over its deserts and across the ocean, 
to spend their lives in foreign and distant bondage. Superstition, 
tyranny, anarchy, and the opposing interests of numberless petty 
states, maintain a constant and destructive warfare in this suffer- 
ing portion of the earth." — Murray's African Discoveries, page 21. 

** Grumbling and dissatisfied, they never do business without a 
grievance. Revenge is a ruling passion, as the many rancorous 
fratricidal wars that have prevailed between kindred clans, even 
for a generation, prove. Retaliation and vengeance are, in fact, 
their great agents of moral control. Judged by the test of death, 
the East African is a hard-hearted man, who seems to ignore all 
the charities of father, son, and brother. . . . Their squab- 
bling and clamor jjass description ; they are never happy except 
when in dispute. After a rapid plunge into excitement, the 
brawlers alternately advance and recede, pointing the finger 
of threat, howling and screaming, cursing and using terms of 
insult which an inferior ingenuity, — not want of will, — causes 


to fall far short of the Asiatic's model vituperation. After abusing 
each other to their full, both parties usuallj^ burst into a loud 
lauofh or a burst of sobs. After a cuff, a man will cover his face 
with his hands and cry as if his heart would break." — Burtoii's 
Africa, page 492. 

*' The children have all the frowning and unj)repossessing look 
of their parents; they reject little civilities, and seem to spend 
life in disputes, biting and clawing like wild-cats. There appears 
to be little family affection in this undemonstrative race." — Bur- 
ton's Africa, page 323. 

'* Property among them is insecure ; a man has always a vested 
right in his sister's children, and when he dies his brothers and 
relations carefully plunder his widow and orphans." — Burtoii's 
Africa, page 97. 

*' All the natives, escorts, guides, carriers, slaves, and villagers, 
are as bad as bad can be ; idle, cowardh% thievish, full of every 
kind of trick and deception. Your own hired people are insub- 
ordinate, quarrelsome, and ready to desert at a moment's no- 
tice. They stop when they please, liurry on when you wish them 
to go slow, and creep when you want them to hasten, always 
grumbling, and getting drunk whenever they can." — Maehrair's 
Africa, page 352. 

" The Bushman, who has lost his wife by elopement, walks out 
with his gun and shoots the first man whom he meets. He then 
proclaims that he has done this because a man has run away with 
his wife. The clansmen of the murdered man are enraged, not 
against the husband, — who has simply complied with a usage of 
society, — but because the duty of the avenger is now cast upon 
them. As the gay Lothario is out of their reach, they kill a man 
belonging to the next village ; his friends retaliate on their unsus- 
pecting neighbors ; and so rolls on this ball of destruction till the 
whole country is on the alert. The gates of all the villages are 


closed and barricaded, and some luckless clan can gain no oppor- 
tunity of washing out their wrong in somebody's else blood. The 
chief of that clan then summons a council, and puts forward his 
claim against the man who has run away with the wife. The 
husband has no longer anything to do with the matter. The chief 
of the culprit's clan offers pecuniary compensation, and general 
concord is restored. — Beade's Savage Africa, page 217. 

'• Everything that comes in their way, which they cannot appro- 
priate on the spot to their own use, is destroyed, tliat it may not 
be of advantage to others. If they discover an ostrich's nest, and 
circumstances do not permit their continuing on the spot till all 
they find there is consumed, they eat as much as they can, but 
the rest of the eggs are destroyed. Do they meet a large flock of 
springboks, they wound as many as possible, although six or 
eight are sufficient to last them several days ; the rest are left to 
die, and rot on the ground." — Liclitenstehi's Africa, Vol. II., page 

"On attacking a place, it is the custom of the country instantly 
to fire it ; and as they are all comjDosed of straw huts only, the 
whole is shortly devoured by the flames. The unfortunate inhab- 
itants fly quickly from the destructive element, and fixll imme- 
diately into the hands of their no less merciless enemies, who 
surround the place ; the men are quickly massacred, and the 
women and children lashed together, and made slaves." — Den- 
ham and Clapperton''s Africa, Vol. II., page 120. 

"In the whole district of Taganama, where so many different 
nationalities border close together, the greatest insecurity reigns, 
and the inhabitants of one town cannot safely trust themselves to 
those of a neighboring place without fear of being sold as slaves, 
or at least of being despoiled of the little they have." — BartlCs 
Africa, Vol. /., page 548. 

"With the acquisition of their liberty the people of Fundi soon 
lost the little sense of right and wrong which they once had ; and, 


having no leader for whom they eared, and no law which they 
obeyed, they threw off all manner of restraint, and, from robbing 
each other, they tm*ned to plundering the property of their neigh- 
bors, and waylaying every unprotected stranger or traveller that 
had occasion to pass through their country. The same unruly, 
outrageous, and turbulent spirit, and desjDerate conduct prevail 
among the natives of Fundi to the present time, and similar acts 
of rapacity and violence are consummated by them every day, so 
that their country is dreaded and shunned by every one acquainted 
with their character and habits." — Landefs Travels in Africa, Vol. 
I. y page 335. 

"Like the natives of Yarriba, the inhabitants of Layaba appear 
to bestow scarcely a moment's reflection either on public misery 
or individual distress, — upon their own misfortunes or the calam- 
ities of their neighbors. Kature has moulded their minds to enjoy 
the life they lead; their grief, if they grieve at all, is but for a 
moment ; sorrow comes over them and vanishes like the light- 
ning's flash ; they weep, and, in the same breath, their spirits re- 
gain their elasticity and cheerfulness ; they may well be said to 
drink of the waters of Lethe whenever they please. As long as 
they have food to eat, and health to enjoy their frivolous pastimes, 
they seem contented, happy, and full of life. They think of little 

^' ' Thought would destroy their paradise.' " 
— Lander'' s Travels in Africa, Vol. II., page 40. 

" There are instances of parents throwing their tender offspring 
to the hungry lion, who stands roaring before their cavern, refus- 
ing to depart till some peace-offering be made to him. In general 
their children cease to be the objects of a mother's care as soon as 
they are able to crawl about in the field." — Kicherer, quoted in 
Moffafs Africa, page 49. 

*♦ On our return we saw a child, about eight years old, standing 


in the middle of the street weeping, and, being almost a skeleton, 
it attracted our attention. We inquired respecting its disease; 
when the women told us, the child was well enough, and that 
want of food had brought it into that state, — that the father and 
mother were poor, — that he had gone away with another woman, 
and was hunting in the south ; that the mother was gone to the 
westward, searching for food. Neither the men, women, nor 
children present seemed by their countenances to express the 
least sympathy or feeling for this forsaken, starving child. They 
said, laughing, that we might take the child with us if we pleased. 
I am certain that the sight of this little girl in the streets of Lon- 
don would have excited pity in the hearts of thousands. We took 
the child to our wagons, desiring the people to inform its mother, 
when she returned, where she might find her. When some meat 
was given to the child, she devoured it with the voracity of a tiger." 
— CamphelVs Africa, page 266. 

•' I thanked God that I was not a native African. These poor 
people lead dreadful and dreary lives. Not only have they to fear 
their enemies among neighboring tribes, as well as the various 
accidents to which a savage life is especially liable, such as starva- 
tion, the attacks of wild beasts, etc., but their whole lives are sad- 
dened and embittered by the fears of evil spirits, witchcraft, and 
other kindred superstitions under which they labor." — Du Chail- 
Ik.s Equatorial Africa, page 102. 

*' The chief's daughter was the best-looking girl that I have 
seen among the blacks; she was about sixteen. Her clothing 
consisted of a piece of dressed hide, about a foot wide, slung 
across her shoulders, all other parts being exposed. All the girls 
of this country wear merely a circlet of little iron jingling orna- 
ments around their waists. They came in numbers, bringing small 
bundles of wood to exchange for a few handfuls of corn. Most 
of the men are tall, but wretchedly thin ; the children are mere 
skeletons, and the entire tribe appears thoroughly starved." — 
Baker's Great Basin of the Nile, page 48. 


'* The people of the Kytch tribe are mere apes, trusting entirely 
to the productions of nature for their subsistence ; they will spend 
hours in dio-crino' out field-mice from their burrows, as we should 
for rabbits. They are the most pitiable set of savages that can be 
imagined; so emaciated, that they have no visible posteriors; 
they look as though they had been planed off, and their long, thin 
legs and arms give them a peculiar gnat-like appearance. At 
night they crouch close to the fires, lying in the smoke to escape 
the clouds of mosquitoes. At this season the country is a vast 
swami?, the only dry spots being the white ant-hills; in such 
places the natives herd like wild animals, simply rubbing them- 
selves \\ath wood ashes to keep out the cold. . . . So misera- 
ble are the natives of this tribe, that they devour both skins and 
bones of all dead animals ; the bones are pounded between stones, 
and when reduced to powder they are boiled to a kind of porridge ; 
nothing is left even for a fly to feed upon, when an animal either 
dies a natural death, or is killed." — Baker's Great Basin of the 
NilCf page 49. 



" Shoav me a black man, and I will show you a thief." — Hutch- 
inson^ s Western Africa, Vol. II., page 280. 

"We found the people thieves to a man." — Mungo Parkas 2d 
Journal, page 201. 

" The most prominent defect in their character was that insur- 
mountable propensity, which the reader must have observed to 


prevail in all classes of them, — to steal from me the property of 
which I was possessed." — Mungo Park's 1st Journal, page 193. 

** The Africans are all of them thieves. They have no sense of 
honor-in that respect. I have never yet had a negro servant (and 
I have had a great many) who did not rob me of some trifling 
article, whether he was pagan or Christian. . . . The Africans 
tell a lie more readily than they tell the truth. Falsehood, like 
petty larceny, is not recognized among them as a fault." — Readers 
Savage Africa, page 447. 

** The ladies of the principal persons of the country visited me, 
accompanied by one or more female slaves. They examined 
evei7thing, even to the pockets of my trousers ; and more inquis- 
itive ladies I never saw in any country ; they begged for every- 
thing, and nearly all attempted to steal something ; when found 
out, they only laughed heartily, clapped their hands together, and 
exclaimed, * Why, how sharp he is ! Only think ! Why, he caught 
us ! " — Denliarri's Africa, Vol. III., page 24. 

" The thievish propensities of the people of Logon are very re- 
markable, and the first intimation which I received of it was an 
official caution given to me to beware of the slaves of my house." 
— Bartli's Africa, Vol. II., page 444. 

♦« From the king to the slave, theft is a prevailing vice with the 
Bechuanas ; and, from what I have seen of them, I am confident 
that the wealthiest and the most exalted amongst them would not 
hesitate to steal the shirt off one's back, could he effect it without 
being compromised. Their pilfering habits know no bounds ; and 
they carry on the game with much dexterity. When grouped 
about our camp fires, I have kaown them to abstract the tools with 
which we have been working ; nay, indeed, the very knives and 
forks from our plates. Once, they actually took the meat out of 
the pot, as it was boiling on the fire, substituting a stone. They 
will place their feet over any small article lying on the ground, 


burying it in the sand with their toes ; and, if unable to carry it 
away at the time, they return to fetch it at a more convenient 
period." — Anderssoii's Africa, page 372. 

*' Polygamy is here unlimited, and depravity of every descrip- 
tion to an extraordinary extent. The longer I reside here, the 
more am I convinced, however, that the most predominant pas- 
sion of the African is theft. The more they are taught, the more 
accomplished rogues they become." — JDimcaii's Africa, Vol. /., 
2)age 141. 

" Another innate quality they have is to steal anything they can 
lay their hands upon, especially from foreigners, and among them- 
selves ; then make boast thereof, as an ingenious piece of subtlety ; 
and so generally runs this vicious humor through the whole race 
of blacks, that great and rich merchants do sometimes practise 
small filching ; for being come to the trading ships they are not 
at rest till they have taken away something, though it be but 
nails, or lead ; which no sooner done, than with a singular slight 
of hand ihey convey it from one to another; but if they chance 
to be trapped, they all leap instantly overboard for fear of a beat- 
ing ; but if caught, and soundly bastinadoed, then, as past doubt 
of other punishment, they never avoid the ship, but come again 
the next day as usual to trade." — Ogilhifs Africa, page 452. 

"The men naturally incline to cheating and thieving, but not 
so much among themselves as toward strangers, to whom they 
are also bloody, barbarous, and unnatural." — Ogilhy^s Africa^ 
page 486. 

'• The people of the Grain Coast are very envious of all strangers, 
and steal from them whatever they can lay their hands on ; so 
that it behooves all dealers to have a circumspect eye over their 
goods ; and, in some places, they must be careful of themselves, 
for, being cannibals, they eat whomsoever they can get into their 
power." — Ogilby's Africa, page 415. 


* I witnessed today a striking instance of the inborn cunning 
and deceit of the native African. My people had spread out on 
mats, in front of my hut, a quantity of ground-nuts which we had 
bought, wiien I observed from the inside of the hut a little urchin, 
about four years old, slyly regaling himself with them, keeping 
his eyes on me, and believing himself unnoticed, I suddenly 
came out ; but the little rascal, as quick as thought, seated him- 
self on a piece of wood, and dexterously concealed the nuts he 
had in his hand under the joints of his legs and in the folds of his 
abdominal skin ; then looked up to me with an air of perfect in- 
nocence. This, thought I, is a bright example of the unsophisti- 
cated children of nature, whom some writers love to describe, to 
the disadvantage of the corrupted children of civilization ! Thiev- 
ing, in these savage countries, is not considered an offence against 
the community; for no one complains but he who has been 
robbed. My precocious little pilferer would, therefore, have no 
teaching to prevent him from becoming an accomplislied thief as 
he grew older." — Du Chaillu's Ashango-Laiid, page 190. 




*♦ The truth is not in them, and to be detected in a lie is not the 
smallest disgrace ; it only causes a laugh." — Clapperton's Africa, 
page 184:. 

" Almost every African is guilty of gross exaggeration in his 
statements, and too many of them areconfirmed liars." — Lander's 
Travels in Africa^ Vol. J., page 375. 

** Lying is thought an enviable accomplishment among all the 


tribes, and a more thorough and unhesitating liar than one of 
these negroes is not to be found anywhere." — Du CliailliCs Equa* 
iorial Africa, page 437. 

'* Lj'ing being more familiar to their constitution than truth- 
saying, they are forever concocting dodges with the view, which 
they glory in, of successfully cheating people." — Speke^s Africa, 
page 28. 

**They little esteem any promises made to foreigners, but 
break them if they can see any advantage in it ; in brief, they are 
a treacherous, perjured, subtle, and false people, only showing 
friendship to those they have most need of." — Ogilby''s Africa, 
page 452. 



**It seems it was a custom in this country (and not j'et entirely 
repealed) that whatever commodity a man sells in the morning, 
he may, if he repents his bargain, go and have the things returned 
to him again, on his paying back the money any time before the 
setting of the sun the same day ; and this custom is still in force 
very high up the river, but here below it is at present pretty well 
worn out. However, I shall here give an account how a gentle- 
man, who had the honor of being at the head of the company's 
affiiirs here, was served at this very town of Nackway. Not 
above twelve years ago, he went up in a sloop on a trading vo}"- 
age to Nackway, where he got a hut built, and took his goods 
ashore to trade with. It happened that one morning a man 
brought a cow to sell to him, which he bought for an iron baiT. 
Soon after he bought it, he cut the cow's tail off, which bemg 


carried to the ears of the fellow that sold the cow, he resolved to 
make a handle of it, in order to extort money from the governor. 
Accordingly, about noon the same da}^ he came to the port of 
Nackway, in a seeming good-humor, and a great number of 
people with him, Mith a plausible story, that, as he was going the 
next day to marry one of his daughters to a young man for whom 
he had a great regard, and had nothing to make him a present 
of, he therefore had thought better of it, and was not Avilling to 
sell his cow, as he intended, and so desired he might have it re- 
turned to him. The governor, not dreaming of the plot, imme- 
diately ordered one of his servants to bring the cow, and return 
it to the person who brought it. Accordingly, the cow was pro- 
duced, at which the fellow seemed surprised, and told the gover- 
nor that that was not his cow. The governor told him it was. 
* How can that be ? ' says he ; * my cow had a tail on when I 
brought her to you this morning.' ' It is very true,' quoth the gov- 
ernor ; ' when I bought her, she had a tail ; but, when I had paid 
for her, I cut the tail off.' ' How,' says the fellow, * durst you 
have the assurance to cut off my cow's tail without my leave? I 
value the cow and her tail at three hundred barrs, and that sum 
you shall pay me before you stir from this place.' The governor 
was very much out of humor, and endeavored to prove that after 
he had paid for the cow she belonged to him ; but it was all to no 
purpose, for every one present gave it against him (expecting to 
come in for a snack of the money), and so he was obliged to go to 
his store and pay the fellow three hundred barrs for only docking 
the cow's tail." — Moore's Liland Parts of Africa, page 122. 

" In morality, according to the more extended sense of the 
word, the East African is markedly deficient. He has no benev- 
olence, but little veneration (the negro race is ever irreverent), 
and, though his cranium rises high in the region of firmness, his 
futility prevents his being firm. The outlines of law are faintly 
traced upon his heart. The authoritative standard of morality, 
fixed by a revelation, is in him represented by a vague and vary- 
ing custom, derived traditionally from his ancestors ; he follows 
in their track for old sake's sake. The accusing conscience is 
unknown to him. His only fear, after committing a treacherous 
murder, is that of being haunted by the angry ghost of the dead ; 


he robs as one doing a good deed, and he begs as if it were his 
calling. His depravity is of the grossest ; intrigue fills up all 
the moments not devoted to intoxication." — Burtoii's Africa^ 
page 496. 

"The queen has slandered and defamed the character of her 
brother to us most shamefully. In more civilized or rather more 
polished countries, among the reasonable part of mankind, a 
mutual interchange of benevolent intentions produces a reciproc- 
ity of kind feeling ; and we would hope that the present of yams 
from her brother would excite the queen's more generous and 
affectionate sentiments for him. Yet this despicable vice of 
slander is universal in Africa ; the people all speak ill of each 
other, from the monarch to the slave." — Landefs Travels inAfricat 
Vol. J., pageUo, 





*• Hunger compels them to feed on eveiything edible. Ixias, 
wild garlic, mysembryanthemums, the core of aloes, gum of 
acacias, and several other plants and berries, some of which are 
extremely unwholesome, constitute their fruits of the field ; while 
almost every kind of living creature is eagerly devoured, 
lizards, locusts, and grasshoppers not excepted. The poisonous, 
as well as innoxious serpents they roast and eat. They cut off 
the head of the former, which they dissect, and carefully extract 
the bags, or reservoirs of poison, which communicate with the 
fangs of the upper jaw. They mingle it with the milky juice of 
the euphorbia, or with that of a poisonous bulb. After simmering 
for some time on a slow fire, it acquires the consistency of wax, 


with which they cover the points of their arrows." — MoffaVs 
Africa, page 47. 

*• Eveiy animal is entrapped and eaten. Gins or snares are 
seen on both sides of the path, every ten or fifteen yards, for miles 
together. The time and labor required to dig up moles and mice 
from their burrows would, if applied to cultivation, atford food 
for any amount of fowls or swine ; but the latter are seldom met 
with." — Livingstone's Africa, page 490. 

*' When a horde has taken anything in the chase, or by plunder, 
it is concealed as much as possible from all the others ; since who- 
ever learns that there is something to be eaten, comes without 
any ceremony, or waiting for an invitation to partake of it. As 
everything is common property, the booty cannot be withheld, or 
a part of it at least, from any one who requires it. Thence the 
incredible voracity with which they immediately devour whatever 
they catch in the chase." — Lichtensteiri's Africa^ Vol. IL, page 50. 

*' The Bagos are great eaters, and their diet principally consists 
of diy fish, swimming in palm oil, which renders it so disgusting 
that a European could not touch it. When they kill a sheep, they 
mix the skin and entrails, unwashed, with the stews which they 
make; they also eat snakes, lizards, and monkeys." — Caillie's 
Africa^ Vol. I., page 166. 

'* The Kaffirs eat like ogres, but at a pinch they can easily go 
three days without food. I once saw a clever mischievous Kaffir 
lad, named April, hide inside an elephant we had shot that day. 
He caught two vultures by the legs as they were tearing away at 
the carcass, pulled the first inside, and shoved him forward into 
the vacant space where the Masaras had taken out the elephant's 
heart, and then proceeded to capture his mate." — Baldwin's 
Africa, page 306. 



* ' Hosts of savages by whom we were attended quickly cleared 
away the carcasses of the game we slew, and then quarrelled for 
the entrails. I hope the reader has understood that these barba- 
rians generally devour the meat raw, although when at leisure they 
do not object to its being cooked. They usually seize a piece of 
flesh by the teeth, cutting a large mouthful of it with a knife close 
to the lips, before masticating it, which they do with a loud sput- 
ter and noise. The meal being finished they never fail to wipe 
their hands on their bodies, and then being generally gorged they 
lay themselves down to repose." — Harris's Expedition into Southem 
Afnca, page loO. 



** The whole of the colored tribes consider that beauty and fair- 
ness are associated, and women long for children of light color so 
much, that they sometimes chew the bark of a certain tree, in 
hopes of producing that effect. To my eye the dark color is much 
more agreeable than the tawny hue of the half-caste, which that 
of the Makoloto ladies closely resembles. The women generally 
escape the fever, but they are less fruitful than formerly ; and to 
their complaint of being undervalued on account of the dispropor- 
tion of the sexes, they now add their regrets at the want of chil- 
dren, of whom they are all excessively fond." — Livingstone'' s 
Africa, page 204. 

** Katema, the ruler of the village, asked if I could not make 
a dress for him like the one I wore, so that he might appear as a 
white man when any stranger visited him." — Livingstone^s Africa, 
page 517. 


" The people under Bango are divided into a number of classes. 
There are his councillors, as the highest, who are generally head 
men of several villages, and the carriers, the lowest freemen. 
One class above the last obtains the privilege of wearing shoes 
from the chief by paying for it ; another, the soldiers or militia, 
pay for the privilege of serving, the advantage being that they 
are not a,fterward liable to be made carriers. They are also 
divided into gentlemen and little gentlemen, and, though quite 
black, speak of themselves as white men, and of others who may 
not' wear shoes, as ' blacks.* The men of all these classes trust 
to their wives for food, and spend most of their time in drinking 
the palm-toddy." — Livingstone's Africa^ page. 445. 

** The negro feels that, in energy of character, in scope of un- 
derstanding, in the exercise of mechanical skill, and in the prac- 
tice of all the useful acts of life, he is hopelessly distanced by the 
white man." — Wilson^s Africa, pctg^ 343. 

*'The whole court, which was large, was filled, crowded, 
crammed with people, except a space in front, where we sat, into 
which his highness led Mr. Houston and myself, one in each hand ; 
and there we performed an African dance, to the great delight of 
the surrounding multitude. The tout ensemble would doubtless 
have formed an excellent subject for a caricaturist, and we re- 
gi'etted the absence of Captain Pearce, to sketch off the old black 
caboceer, sailing majestically around in his damask robe, with a 
train-bearer behind him, and every now and then turning up his 
old, withered face, first to myself, then to Mr. Houston; then, 
whisking round on one foot ; then marching slowly, with solemn 
gait; twining our hands in his, — proud that a white man should 
dance with him." — Clapperton's Africa, Vol. IV., page 199. 

'* Zuma, a rich widow of Wava, the owner of a thousand slaves, 
told me that her husband had been dead these ten years ; that she 
had only one son, and he was darker than herself; that she 
loved white men, and would go to Boussa with me." — Clapperton's 
Africa, Vol. IV., page 222. 


" The Fonlabs evidently consider all the negro natives as theif 
inferiors ; and, when talking of different nations, always rank 
themselves among the white people." — Mungo Parle's Travels in 
Africa, page 23. 

" Observing the improved state of our manufactures, and our 
manifest superiority in the arts of civilized life, Harfa, the intelli- 
gent negro merchant, would sometimes appear pensive, and ex- 
claim, with an involuntary sigh, ^Fato fing inta feng^'' — black 
men are good for nothing." — Mungo Parle's 1st Journal, page 259. 

*' The women are well disposed toward strangers of fair com- 
plexion, apparently with the permission of their husbands." — 
Burtoii's Africa, page 216. 

'* The Kaffirs believe that white men can do anything." — 
Baldwin^ s Africa, page 266. 

"The negro Mohammedans worship God under the name of 
Allah ; they acknowledge Mohammed as a prophet, but do not 
pay him divine honors; they have some traditions respecting 
Jesus Christ, whom they call Nale, the son of Malek, and whom 
they speak of as a great prophet, who had wrought wondrous mir- 
acles. They denounce as imj^ious the doctrine that God could have 
carnal conversation with a woman, but have a prophecy of their 
own ^that some day they shall be all subdued by a white peo- 
ple." — Eeades Savage Africa, page 354. 

"The European stranger, travelling in their country, is expected 
to patronize their wives and daughters ; and they feel hurt, as if 
dishonored, by his refusing to gratify them. The custom is very 
prevalent along this coast. At Gaboon, perhaps it reaches the 
acme ; there a man will in one breath offer the choice between his 
wife, sister, and daughter. The women of course do as they are 
bid by the men, and they consider all familiarity with a white 


man a high honor." — Ilutcliinson's Western Africa^ Vol. 11., 
page 24. 

•' * I know the white men, too, said the prince, — they are good 
men ; in fact I have reason to speak well of them, for I also am a 
white man, and therefore I am of opinion that they are of the same 
blood as ourselves.' It is in this manner that Falatahs endeavor 
to claim relationship with Em'opeans, though these people are 
either of a swarthy complexion or black as soot ; and this passion 
to be considered fair is often carried to a most ridiculous height. 
White men, how sorry soever their outward appearance may be, 
are certainly considered, not only by Falatahs, but l.)y the native 
blacks, as a superior order of beings, in all respects more excel- 
lent than themselves. At Yaoorie we recollect having overheard 
a conversation between two men, who were quarrelling in the 
very height of passion. ' What!' exclaimed one of them to his 
fellow, * thou pitiful son of a black ant ! dost thou presume to say 
that a horse was my father ^ Look at these Christians ! for as 
they are, I am; and such were my ancestors; answer me not, I 
say, for I am a white man ! ' The speaker was a negro, and his 
skin was the color of charcoal." — Lander's Travels in Africa, Vol. 
II. y page 79. 



** The highest aspiration to which an African ever rises is to have 
a large number of wives. His happiness, his reputation, his influ- 
ence, his position in society, all depend upon this. The conse- 
quence is, that the so-called wives are little better than slaves. 
They have no other purpose in life than to administer to the wants 
and gratify the passions of their lords, who are masters and own- 
ers, rather than husbands. It is not a little singular, however. 


that the females, upon the burden of whom this degrading institu- 
tion mainly rests, are quite as much interested in its continuance 
as the men themselves. A woman would infinitely prefer to be 
one of a dozen wives of a respectable man, than to be the sole 
representative of a man who had not force of character to raise 
himself above the one- woman level. That such a state of feeling 
should exist in the mind of a heathen woman is not surprising. 
She has never seen any other state of society ; nor has she had 
any moral or intellectual training that would render such a posi- 
tion revolting to her better feelings. On the contrary, such is the 
degradation of her moral character, that she would greatly prefer 
the wider margin of licentious indulgence that she would enjoy as 
one of a dozen wives, than the closer inspection to which she 
would be subjected as the only wife of her household." — Wilson's 
Africa, page 112. 

"The wife is always purchased; and as this is done, in the 
great majority of cases, when she is but a child, her wishes, as a 
matter of course, are never consulted in this most important affair 
of her whole life. The first overture must be made to the mother. 
Her consent is to be won by small presents, such as beads, plates 
of dried fish, or a few leaves of tobacco. When this is accom- 
plished the way is prepared for opening negotiations with the 
father and his family, who are the real owners of the child. The 
main question to be settled, and indeed the only one about which 
there is much negotiation, is whether the applicant is able to pay 
the dowry, and will be likely to do so without giving much trouble. 
The character of the man, his position in society, his family connec- 
tions, or circumstances in life, are seldom taken into the account. 
The price of a wife is usually three cows, a goat or a sheep, and a 
few articles of crockery ware or brass rods, the whole of which 
would scarcely exceed twenty dollars. The goat and the smaller 
articles go to the mother's family, and the cows belong to 
the family of the father, which pass out of their hands without 
much delay in payment for a wife for some other member of the 
family. Bullocks may be seen passing from village to village, 
almost every day, in fulfilment of these matrimonial arrange- 
ments." — Wilson's Africa, page 113. 


"When a man has a large number of wives he can of course 
bestow but a moderate portion of his time upon any one of them. 
If it is necessar}' for him to watch his wives, they in turn are not 
less jealous of any superabundant attentions that he might confer 
upon any one of their own number. The chief business of his 
domestic life is to adjust these petty jealousies, and, to a still 
greater extent, the quarrels and strifes which are hourly springing 
up among the children of the different branches of the same house- 
bold." — Wilson's Africa^ page l-i4. 

♦' The present King of Dahomey has appropriated no less than 
three thousand women to his own use. The number belonging to 
his head warriors depends upon their bravery, but no one is al- 
lowed to have a number large enough to suggest most remotely 
any idea of rivalry with the king. It is well known that many of 
the wives of the king must be sacrificed at the death of their lord, 
and this, no doubt, is a powerful motive to induce tliem to take 
the best care of hhn, and prolong his life as much as possible, but 
never deters any from freely entering into this honored relation- 
ship." — Wilson's Africa, page 202. 

" The Ashantee wife is not placed on a footing of social equal- 
ity with her husband. Her position is a menial one, and she sel- 
dom aspires to anything higher than merely to gratify the passions 
of her husband. She never takes a seat at the social board with 
him. Indeed it would be regarded as a degradation on the part 
of the husband. The different women of his household, at a given 
concert among themselves, bring each their quota of food, and set 
it before their lord, each one taking up a small portion of their 
respective dishes and eating it in his presence, as evidence that 
they have not used poison in the preparation of his food, then 
retire to their respective houses, while he partakes of his repast 
alone. His smaller children, and generally those of the wives who 
have provided his food, gather around him with their little wooden 
bowls to receive at his hands a portion of the superabundant sup- 
ply that has been set before him." — Wilson's Africa, page 182. 


"Polygamy is a favorite institution with the Ashantees, and, 
like everything of the kind, it is carried to an extravagant length. 
A man's importance in society is rated according to the number of 
his wives and slaves ; and, naturally enough, the only limit known 
to the multiplication of them in a country where both can be had 
for money, is a man's ability to purchase. In Ashantee the law 
limits the king to three thousand three hundred and thirty-three. 
Whether it requires him to come up to this mark is not known. 
No one is permitted to see the wives of the king except female 
relatives, or such messengers as he may send, and even these 
must communicate Avith them through their bamboo walls. Some 
times they go forth in a body through the streets, but are always 
preceded by a company of boys, who warn the people to get out 
of the way, and avoid the unpardonable offence of seeing the 
king's wives. The men especiall}', no matter what their rank, 
must get out of the way, and, if they have not had sufficient time 
to do this, they must fall flat on the ground and hide their faces 
until the procession has passed. To see one of the king's wives, 
even accidentally, is a capital offence ; and the scene of confusion 
which occasionally takes place in the public market, in conse- 
quence of the unexpected approach of the royal cortege, is said to 
be ludicrous beyond all description." — Wilson^ s Africa, page 180. 

*' Married women are extremely superstitious in having their 
beds covered with the skins of particular animals when their hus- 
bands visit them ; and never fail to predict the fate and fortune of 
a child in consequence of these arrangements. A panther or a 
leopard's skin is sure to produce a boy, or nothing. Should the 
father be a soldier, and a chief, the boy will be a warrior, bold, 
and bloody. A lion's skin is said to j^revent child-bearing al- 
together ; yet exceptions to this rule sometimes occur. It is then 
alwaj'S a boy, and a wonderful one. He puts his foot on the necks 
of all the world, and is alike brave, generous, and fortunate." — 
Denliam and ClappertoTi's Africa, Vol. III., page 182. 

*'Yano, Chief of Kiaraa, asked me if I would take his daughter 
for a wife. I said ' Yes.' . . . The old woman went out, and 
I followed with the kin":'s head man. I went to the house of the 


daughter, which consists of several coozies separate from those 
of the father, and I was shown into a very clean one ; a mat was 
spread ; I sat down ; and the lady coming in and kneeling down, 
I asked her if she would live in my house, or I should come and 
live with her; she said, whatever way I wished; very well, I 
said, I would come and live with her, as she had the best house." 
— ClappertoTfi's Africa, Vol.. IV., page 215. 

♦• Assulah, the Chief of Chaki, inquired how many wives an 
Englishman had. Being told only one, he seemed much aston- 
ished, and laughed greatly, as did all his people. * What does he 
do,' said he, 'when one of his Avives has a child? Assulah has 
two thousand.' " — Clapperton's Africa, Vol.. IV., page 20i. 

** Of wives, the Chief of Katunga said, he himself had plenty, — 
he did not exactly know how many, but he was sure that, hand to 
hand, they would reach from Katunga to Jannah." — Clapperton's 
Africa, Vol. IV., page 212. 

•* So little tenderness or sociability exists between a married 
couple, particularly if they should happen to be slaves, that they 
have nothing in common ; and, though they eat and sleep in the 
same hut, they seek a separate livelihood. Perhaps it would be 
speaking within compass to say that four-fifths of the whole popu- 
lation in this countr}^ are slaves." — Lajider^s Travels in Africa, Vol. 
I., page 377. 

** The king solicited a charm of us to-day, to preserve his house 
from the effects of fire, and cause him to become rich ; while one 
of his elderly wives made a doleful complaint of having been 
likely to become a mother for the last thirty years, and begged 
piteously for medicine to promote and assist her accouchement. 
We could satisfy the old man easily enough, but his wife's hypo- 
chondriacal complaint we conceived too dangerous to be meddled 
with by unprofessional hands. Poor woman, she is much to be 
pitied, for the odd delusion under which she has been laboring so 


lono- a time has jriven her considerable uneasiness, so that life it- 
self has become a bm-den to her. All that we could do for her 
was to soothe her mind, by telling her that her distemper was 
very common, and not at all dangerous; and promising tiiat on 
our return this way, should nothing transpire in her favor in the 
mean time, we would endeavor to remove the cause of her com- 
plaint. This comforted the aged matron exceedingly, and, in the 
fulness of her heart, she burst into tears of joy, dropped on her 
knees to express her acknowledgment, and pressed us to accept 
of a couple of goora-nuts." — Lander'' s Travels in Africa, Vol. /., 
page 193. 

**The chief recreations of the natives of Angola are marriages 
and funerals. When a young woman is about to be married she 
is placed in a hut alone, and anointed with various unguents, and. 
many incantations are employed in order to secure good fortune 
and fruitfulness. Here, as almost everywhere in the south, the 
height of good fortune is to bear sons. They often leave a hus- 
band altogether if they have daughters only. In their dances, 
where any one may wish to deride another, in the accompanying 
song a line is introduced, * So and so has no children, and nev- 
er will get any.' She feels the insult so keenly that it is not un- 
common for her to rush away and commit suicide." — Living- 
stone's Africa, page 446. 

*' Female virtue is held in so little esteem that opportu- 
nities of infidelit}^ are often afforded by husbands to some of his 
less favorite wives, for the purpose of extorting money and get- 
ting rid of her. The common price of a wife here and at Cape 
Coast is sixteen dollars. A wife is very seldom purchased when 
more than twenty years old ; but generally when five or six years 
younger, so that very old men have frequently ten or a dozen 
wives much younger than their own daughters." — Buncaii's Af- 
rica, Vol. I,, page 79, 

•*In Maopongo it was a prevailing practice that before mar- 
riage the two parties should live together for some time, and 


make trial of each other's tempers and inclinations, before they 
formed the final engagement. To this system of probation the 
people were most obstinately attached, and the missionaries in 
vain denounced it, calling upon them at once either to marry or to 
separate. The j'oung ladies were always the most anxious to 
have the full benefit of this experimental process, and the moth- 
ers, on being referred to, refused to incur responsibility, and ex- 
pose themselves to the reproaches of their daughters, by urging 
them to an abridgment of the trial, of which they might after- 
ward repent. The missionaries seem to have been most diligent 
in the task, as they call it, of * reducing strayed souls to matri- 
mony.' Father Benedict succeeded with no less than six hundred, 
but he found it such ' laborious work ' that he fell sick and died in 
consequence." — Murray''s African Discoveries, page 55. 

*' The Bushmen use no form in their man'iages. A young man 
courts the object of his affection ; teazes her in the night time to 
take him to be her husband, and will sometimes pull her out of 
the hut while asleep, and teaze her till he obtains her consent. 
He need not ask the consent of her parents, or even tell them, 
but at marriage he makes a feast for them, when he gives them a 
present of a bow and arrows, oi* a skin sack." — CamphelVs Africa^ 
page 439. 

** As the Bosjesman lives without a home, and without property, 
he must be without the great medium of moral refinement, — the 
social union. A horde commonly consists of the different mem- 
bers of one family only, and no one has any power or distinction 
above the rest. Every difference is decided by the right of the 
strongest; even the family tie is not sanctioned by any law or 
regulation. The wife is not indissolubly united to her husband ; 
but, when he gives her permission, she may go whither she will, 
and associate with any other man; nay, the stronger man will 
sometimes take away the wife of the weaker, and compel her, 
whether she will or not, to follow him.'" — LicJitenstein's Africa, 
Vol. II., page 48. 


*' I have, on a former occasion, in my remarks upon the lan- 
guages of these savages, observed, as a thing worthy of notice, 
that they seem to have no idea of the distinction of girl, maiden, 
and wife ; they are all expressed by one word alone. I leave 
every reader to draw from this single circumstance his own infer- 
ence with regard to the nature of love, and every kind of moral 
feeling among them." — Liclitensteiri's AfHca, Vol. II. j page 48. 

*'When the Muata Cazembe falls in love with a female, either 
from personal observation or from a report of her attractions, he 
causes her to be convej'ed to his gauda, where she is compelled 
to discover all the objects of her former amours, who, by order 
of the Muata, are immediately put to death, and all their property 
confiscated. When all objects of jealousy are thus removed by 
the Cata-Dofo, or high commissioner of the seraglio, who is the 
chief agent in carrying out the orders of the Muata, the new ob- 
ject of his passion is sent to join the other ladies of the seraglio. 
The introduction of a new wife into the harem is thus always the 
signal for a number of deaths ; and, indeed, to so great an excess 
is this carried, that the occasion is often laid hold of as a pretext 
for the jealous to wreak their vengeance on the unsuspecting vic- 
tims of their hatred." — Valdez's Africa, Vol. 11. , page 253. 

**The palavers were numerous and difficult to settle. They 
related either to runaway wives (a fertile source of ill-will and 
blood-shed) or to homicides. When a man is killed here, if only 
by accident, satisfaction must be given. Deaths by accident are 
not more excusable than wilful murder. ... As regards run- 
away wives, the laws are very severe. Any wife refusing to 
remain with her husband, or running away, is condemned to have 
her ears and nose cut off. Any man debauching his neighbor's 
wife has to give a slave to the injured husband, and, if he cannot 
pay this fine, he must have his ears and nose cut off. They have 
no laws to punish robbery." — Du CJiaillu's Ashango-Land, page 

A man pays goods or slaves for his wife, and regards her, 


therefore, as a piece of merchandise. Young girls — even chil- 
dren in arms — are married to old men for political effect. The 
idea of love, as we understand it, seems unknown to the Africans. 
On the sea-shore a man will hire you his mother, wife, or sister, 
for the vilest uses, and the women are never averse if they can 
only obtain the wages of prostitution," — Du Chaillu's Equatorial 
Africa^ page 75. 

*' Obedience is the wife's first duty, and it is enforced without 
mercy. A whip is made of the hide of the hippopotamus or ma- 
natu, and is a barbarous weapon, as stiff, and hard, and heavy as 
h'on. This is laid on with no light hand, the worthy husband 
crying out, ' Rascal, do you think I paid my slaves for you for 
nothing? ' The wives are more harshly treated than the slaves ; 
a stroke of the whip often leaves a lifelong mark ; and I saw 
very few women in my travels who had not some such marks on 
their persons." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa^ page 382. 

** With usual African hospitality, my kingly friend offered me a 
wife on my arrival at his place. This is the common custom when 
the negroes wish to pay respect to their guests ; and they cannot 
understand why white men should decline what they consider a 
mere matter of course." — Du Chaillu^s Equatorial Africa^ page 

*' I had now grown to such sudden importance among the na- 
tives, that the neighboring chiefs and kings sent me daily mes- 
sages of friendship, with trifling gifts that I readily accepted. 
One of these lords, more generous and insinuating than the rest, 
hinted several times his anxiety for a closer connection in affec- 
tion as well as trade, and, at length, insisted upon becoming my 
father-in-law. I had always heard that it was something to receive 
the hand of a princess, even after long and tedious wooing; but 
now that I was surrounded by a mob of kings, who absolutely 
thrust their daughters on me, I confess I had the bad taste not to 
leap with joy at the royal offering. Still I was in a difficult posi- 
tion, as no graver offence can be given a chief than to reject his 


child. It is so serious an insult to refuse a wife, that, high-born 
natives, in order to avoid quarrels or war, accept the tender boon, 
and as soon as etiquette permits, pass it over to a friend or rela- 
tion. As the offer was made to me personally by the king, I found 
the utmost difficulty in escaping. Indeed, he would receive no 
excuse. When I declined on account of the damseFs youth, he 
laughed incredulously. If I urged the feebleness of my health 
and tardy convalescence, he insisted that a regular life of matri- 
mony was the best cordial for an impaired constitution." — Canofs 
Twenty Years of an African Slaver, page 110. 

** During the whole time that the old lady was at work she was 
uttering disjointed remarks to me, and at length proposed, in the 
most shameless and barefaced manner, that I should marry her 
daughter. I requested to know which of the damsels then pres- 
ent was the proposed bride, and was shown a young lady about 
twelve years old, who had very much the appearance of a picked 
Cochin-China fowl. I concealed my laughter, and told the old 
lady that when this lassie becvame taller, and very fat, I might 
then think more seriously of her proposition ; but as at present I 
had not six cows (the required price) handy, I could not enter- 
tain the subject. The old lady told me she would get the skin and 
bone adorned with fat by the time I came on another visit, and, 
for all I know, this black charmer may be now waiting in disap- 
pointed plumpness." — Drayson''s Africa, page 227. 

** The husband is always expected to provide a separate house 
,for each of his wives; but even this precaution cannot prevent the 
quarrels and strife which are continually occurring among the 
different wives and children. The wives are never treated as 
equals. They are not allowed to sit down to a meal with their 
husbands ; but after they have prepared their food, they are re- 
quired in their presence to taste it, to show that it has not been 
poisoned. This process is called * taking off the witch.' " — ScoWs 
Day Dawn in Africa^ page 50. 

A man must marry because it is necessaiy to his comfort, con- 


sequently the woman becomes a marketable commodity. Her 
father demands for her as many cows, cloths, and brass-wire 
bracelets as the suitor can afford ; he thus virtually sells her, and 
she belongs to the buyer, ranking with his other live-stock. The 
husband may sell his wife, or, if she be taken from him by another 
man, he claims her value, which is ruled by what she would fetch 
in the slave-market. . . . Polygamy is unlimited, and the 
chiefs pride themselves upon the number of their wives, varying 
from twelve to three hundred. It is no disgrace for an unmarried 
woman to become the mother of a family." — Burton's Africay 
page 493. 

" There is no such thing as love in those countries, the feeling is 
not understood, nor does it exist in the shape in which we under- 
stand it. Everything is practical, without a particle of romance. 
Women are so far appreciated as they are valuable animals. They 
grind the corn, fetch the water, gather firewood, cement the floors, 
cook the food, and propagate the race ; but they are mere ser- 
vants, and as such are valuable. The price of a good-looking, 
strong, young wife, who could carry a heavy jar of water, would 
be ten cows ; thus a man, rich in cattle, would be rich in domestic 
bliss, as he could command a multiplicity of wives. The simple 
rule of proportion will suggest that if one daughter is worth ten 
cows, ten daughters must be worth a hundred, therefore a large 
family is the source of wealth ; the girls produce the cows, and 
the boys milk them. All being perfectly naked (I mean the girls 
and the boys) , there is no expense, and the children act as herdsmen 
to the flocks as in the patriarchal times." — Baker's Great Basin of 
the Nile, page 148. 

*• One of Katchiba's wives had no children, and she came to me 
to apply for medicine to correct some evil influence that had 
lowered her in her husband's estimation. The poor woman was 
in gi-eat distress, and complained that Katchiba was very cruel to 
her because she had been unable to make an addition to his family, 
but that she was sure I possessed some charm that would raise 
her to the standard of his other wives. I could not get rid of her 
until I gave her the first pill that came to hand from my medicine- 


chest, and with this she went away contented." — Baker's Great 
Basin of the Nile, page 216. 

*• When a man becomes too old to pay sufficient attention to his 
numerous young wives, the eldest son takes the place of his 
father and becomes his substitute." — Bakefs Great Basin of the 
Nile, page 50. 

*' Negro women can gratify the desire of a libertine, but they 
can never inspire a passion of the soul, nor feed that hunger of 
love which must sometimes gnaw the heart of a refined and cul- 
tivated man. The negress has beauty, — beauty in spite of her 
black skin, — which might create a furore in our demi-monde, and 
for which fools might fling their fortunes to the dogs. And she is 
gentle, and faithful, and loving in her own poor way. But where 
is the coy glance, the tender sigh, the timid blush ? Where is the 
intellect, which is the light within the crystal lamp, the genius 
within the clay ? No, no, the negress is not a woman ; she is a 
parody of woman; she is a pretty toy, an affectionate brute, — 
that is all." — Meade's Savage Africa, page 210. 

•• When the Kino: of Con^o takes a fresh concubine, her husband 
is put to death. She is forced to give the names of her lovers 
(for it seems that all the married women have lovers), and these 
are also executed." — Headers Savage Africa, page 286. 

" It is curious that the Equatorial savages of Africa should have 
a remarkable antipathy to widows. Women never marry twice ; 
they are compelled to go on the town on the death of their hus- 
band, and to pay all their earnings to their brothers. . . . 
That a husband should offer one of his wives to a visitor, as he 
offers him a seat in his house and at his table, argues a want of 
refinement only. But the husband who uses his wife, as is done 
all over Africa, to decoy young men to ruin, slavery, and death, 
practises a vice which seldom occurs among civilized nations." — 
Beade's Savage Africa, page 218. 


»' In many parts of Africa, no marriage can be ratified till a jury 
of matrons have pronounced a verdict of purity on the bride and 
of capability on the husband. In other parts, especially in the 
malarious localities, where women are so frequently sterile, no 
one cares to marry a girl till she has produced a child. This has 
given rise to a supposition that they prefer a wife who has earned 
a little experience in dissipation. The real reason is, that if they 
marry they must pay a high price for their wife. This price they 
hope to regain by the sale of the children which she will bear." — 
Eeade's Savage Africa, page 425. 



**0n the 6th of May, at night, I was visited by a Mumbo 
Jumbo, an idol, which is among the Mandingoes a kind of a cun- 
ning mystery. It is dressed in a long coat made of the bark of 
trees, with a tuft of fine straw on the top of it, and when the per- 
son wears it, it is about eight or nine feet high. This is a thing 
invented by the men to keep their wives in awe, who are so igno- 
rant (or at least are obliged to pretend to be so) as to take it for 
a wild man ; and indeed no one but he who knows it would take 
it to be a man, by reason of the dismal noise it makes, and which 
but few of the natives can manage. It never comes abroad but 
in the niirht time, which makes it have the better effect. When- 
ever the men have any dispute with the women, this Mumbo 
Jumbo is sent for to determine it ; which is, I may say, always in 
favor of the men. Whoever is in the coat, can order the others 
to do what he pleases, either fight, kill, or make prisoner ; but it 
must be observed, that no one is allowed to come armed into its 
presence. When the women hear it coming, they run away and 
hide themselves ; but if you are acquainted with the person who 
has the coat on, he will send for them all to come and sit down, 


and sing or dance, as he pleases to order them ; and if any refuse 
to come, he will send the people for them, and then whip them. 
. . . When a man has been a day or two from home, the wife 
salutes him on her knees at his return, and, in the same posture, 
she always brings him water to drink. This, I believe, is the 
effect of, what I before mentioned, Mumbo Jumbo." — Moore's 
Inland Parts of Africa, page 116-122. 

** Among the Mandingoes, if a married woman is suspected of 
being unfaithful to her husband, the aid of Mumbo Jumbo is put 
in requisition. This mysterious personage, so frightful to the 
whole race of African matrons, is a strong, athletic man, disguised 
in dry plantain leaves, and bearing a rod in his hand, which he 
uses on proper occasions with most unsparing severity. Whea 
invoked by an injured husband, he appears about the outskirts of 
the village at dusk, and commences all sorts of pantomimes. 
After supper, he ventures to the town hall, where he commences 
his antics, and every grown person, male or female, must be pres- 
ent, or subject themselves to the suspicion of having been kept 
away by a guilty conscience. The performance is kept up until 
midnight, when Mumbo suddenly springs with the agility of the 
tiger upon the offender, and chastises her most soundly, amidst the 
shouts and laughter of the multitude, in which the other women 
join more heartily than anybody else, with the view, no doubt, of 
raising themselves above the suspicion of such infidelity." — Wil- 
sorCs Africa, page 76. 



*• Drums were beating, horns blowing, and people were seen 
all running in one direction. The cause was a funeral dance, and 
I joined the crowd, and soon found myself in the midst of the en- 


tertainment. The dancers were most grotesquely got up. About 
a dozen huge ostrich feathers adorned their hehiiets ; cither 
leof)ard or the black and white monkey skins were suspended 
from their shoulders, and a leather tied round the waist covered a 
large iron bell, which was strapped upon the loins of each dancer 
like a woman's old-fashioned bustle. This they rung to the time 
of the dance by jerking their posteriors in tlie most aljsurd man- 
ner. Every dancer wore an antelope's horn suspended round the 
neck, which he blew occasionally in the height of his excitement. 
These instruments produced a sound partaking of the braying of 
a donkey and the screech of an owl. Crowds of men rushed 
round and round in a sort of ' galop infernel,' brandishing their 
lances and iron-headed maces, and keeping tolerably in line five 
or six deep, following the leader who headed them, dancing back- 
wards. The women kept outside the line, dancing a slow, stupid 
step, and screaming a wild and most inharmonious chant." — 
Baker^s Great Basin of the Nile, page 165. 

** I had noticed, during the march from Latome, that the 
vicinity of every town was announced by heaps of human re- 
mains. Bones and skulls formed a Golgotha within a quarter of 
a mile of every village. Some of these were in earthenware pots, 
generally broken ; others lay strewn here and there, while a heap 
in the centre showed that some form had originally been observed 
in their disposition. This was explained by an extraordinary 
custom most rigidly obseiwed by the Latookas. Should a man 
be killed in battle the body is allowed to remain where it fell, and 
is devoured by the vultures and hyenas ; but should he die a nat- 
ural death, he or she is buried in a shallow grave within a few 
feet of his own door, in a little court-yard that surrounds each- 
dwelling." — Bakers Great Basin of the Nile, page 142. 

"The chiefs of Unyamwezi generally are interred by a large 
assemblage of their subjects with cruel rites. A deep pit is sunk, 
with a kind of vault or recess projecting from it; in this the 
corpse, clothed with skin and hide, and holding a bow in the 
right hand, is placed sitting, with a pot of pombe, upon a dwarf- 
stool, while sometimes one, but more generally three, female 


slaves, one on each side and the third in front, are buried alive to 
preserve their lord from the horrors of solitude. A copious liba- 
tion of pombe upon the heaped-up earth concludes the ceremony." 
Burton's Africa, page^ 296. 

••The great headmen of Wadoc are buried almost naked, but 
retaining their bead-ornaments, sitting in a shallow pit, so that 
the fore-finger can project above the ground. With each man are 
interred alive a male and a female slave, the former holding a bill- 
hook, wherewith to cut fuel for his lord in the cold death-world, 
and the latter, who is seated upon a little stool, supports his head 
in her lap." — Barton^ s Africa, page 98. 

"At this funeral, the women having first appeared and formed 
a circle, one advanced into the midst, having a child tied on her 
back, and went wriggling about on her heels, with her head and 
hands inclined toward the ground. Her companions sang Fantee 
songs ; some struck pieces of iron together, three others clashed 
in their hands calabashes surrounded with a loose net-work of 
beads ; and meanwhile, men beat drums with their fingers in the 
background. Next half a dozen wild-looking men appeared, 
who seemed to be under the excitement of liquor, and their waist- 
cloths trailing in the dust. They roared out songs ; rushed madly 
ten or a dozen yards up the street, twisting violently their 
shoulders, arms, and legs ; then wheeled round and returned, 
stopping and circling on their hams, whilst musicians beat drums 
and dry sticks, and loudly joined in the chorus." — Alexa7ider^s 
Africa, Vol. I., page 188. 

••The Kaffirs difi'er very materially from all the neighboring 
nations in their manner of disposing of the dead. Funeral rites 
are bestowed only on the bodies of their chiefs, and of their 
children. The first are generally interred very deep in the dung 
of their own cattle accumulated in the kraals or places where 
they are pent up at nights ; and the bodies of infants are most 
commonly deposited in the ant-hills that have been excavated by 
the ant-eaters. The common people are exposed to be devoured 


by wolves. As these animals drag them away immediately into 
their dens, the relations of the deceased are in no danger of being 
shocked or disgusted with the sight of the mangled carcass. A 
Kaffir, in consideration of this piece of service holds the life of a 
wolf to be sacred, at least, he never endeavors to destro}' it ; the 
consequence of which is, that the country swarms with this vora- 
cious and destructive animal." — Barrow's Africa^ Vol. I. , page 

*' On our way home, I saw the corpse of a young slave, about 
twelve years of age, slung to a pole, and carried by two men. 
This led to the disclosure of a fact, of which I had hitherto been 
ignorant ; namely, that all slaves, except a few favored ones, are 
considered not worth the trouble of a decent burial, and are con- 
sequently taken, and thrown into the water which runs round the 
town, where they are eaten by the thousands of fishes which the 
river contains." — Freemaii's Africa, po.g^ 135. 

** Every one is buried under the floor of his own house, with- 
out monument or memorial; and among the commonalty the 
house continues occupied as usual ; but among the great there is 
more refinement, and it is ever after abandoned. . . . The 
bodies of slaves are dragged out of town, and left a prey to vultures 
and wild beasts. In Kano they do not even take the trouble to 
convey them beyond the walls, but throw the corpse into the 
morass or nearest pool of water." — Clapperioii's Africa, Vol. IV., 
page 55. 

" A death had occuiTed in a village about a mile off, and the 
people were busy beating drums and firing guns. There is noth- 
ino: more heartrendino^ than their death- wails. When the 
natives turn their eyes to the future world, they have a view 
cheerless enough of their own utter helplessness and hopeless- 
ness. They fancy themselves completely in the power of the 
disembodied spirits, and look upon the prospect of following them 
as the greatest of misfortunes. Hence they are constantly depre- 
cating the wrath of departed souls, believing that, if they are 


appeased, there is no other cause of death but witchcraft, which 
may be averted by charms." — Livingstone's Africa, page 'kll . 

** One never expects to iind a grave nor a stone of remem- 
brance set up in Africa; the very rocks are illiterate." — Living^ 
stone's Africa^ page 233. 




*• The natives are so lazy that at times the merchants cannot, 
without great difficulty, get men to load or unload their ships. 
This is a very serious grievance, and often exposes our merchants 
to great difficulties as well as loss. . . . One English laborer, 
on an average, does more work than any twelve Africans ; and 
the provision of the latter being so cheap (one penny per day is 
sufficient for their supjDort), they have always plenty to eat. I am 
writing from actual observation, having had for three months a 
number of hired men under my charge. ... If a man is 
urged to do anything like a tenth part of a day's work, he will go 
away, and steal sufficient to maintain him for some time ; conse- 
quently, the towns on the coast abound with thieves and vaga- 
bonds, who will not work." — Buncan^s Africa, Vol. I., page 40. 

** Even the free negroes labor merely to acquire the means of 
gi'atifying their animal enjoyment. Negroes are indolent by 
nature, and therefore indisposed to labor. They perform their 
tasks carelessly, and have no idea of attention and iDunctuality, — 
two qualities indispensable for a good servant. If a service is 
asked of a neofro, he commonlv shows g-reat readiness to under- 
take it, being stimulated with the hope of reward, but he has no 
idea that a service quickly executed has double value. He returns 


in as many hours as he should have taken minutes, and is quite 
surprised at being found fault with for his slowness. He will 
make no secret of his having in the mean time taken a stroll, 
visited a friend, stoj^ped at an inn, or perhaps performed some 
other work. The negro thinks it is quite enough to have per- 
formed the service ; as to when or how, he considers that a matter 
of no moment." — Burmeister''s Black Man^ page 15. 

•♦ Laziness is inherent in these people, for which reason, although 
extremely powerful, they will not work unless compelled to do so. 

They have no love for truth, honor, or honesty." — 

Speke^s Africa, page 27. 

** The negro has been, and still is, thoroughly misunderstood. 
However severely we may condemn the homble system of slavery, 
the results of emancipation have proved that the negro does not 
appreciate the blessings of freedom, nor does he show the slight- 
est feeling of gratitude to the hand that broke the rivets of his 
fetters. His narrow mind cannot embrace that feeling of pure 
philanthropy that first prompted England to declare herself 
against slavery, and he only regards the anti-slavery movement 
as a proof of his own importance. In his limited horizon he is 
himself the important object, and as a sequence to his self-conceit, 
he imagines that the whole world is at issue concerning the black 
man. The negro, therefore, being the imjDortant question, must 
be an important person, and he conducts himself accordingly, — 
he is far too great a man to work. Upon this point his natural 
character exhibits itself most determinedly. Accordingly, he 
resists any attempt at coercion ; being free, his first impulse is to 
claim an equality with those wliom he lately served, and to usurp 
a dignity with absurd pretensions, that must inevitably insure the 
disgust and abhorrence of the white community." — jBaA;er's Qreat 
Basin of the Nile, page 197. 

"My next eflfort was to procure laborers, for whom I invoked 
the aid of Fana-Foro and the neighboring chiefs. During two 
days, forty negroes, whom I hired for their food and a^e/- diem of 


twenty cents, wrote faithfully under my direction ; but the con- 
stant task of felling trees, digging roots, and clearing ground 
was so unusual for savages, that the entire gang, with the excep- 
tion of a dozen, took their pay in rum and tobacco, and quitted me. 
A couple of days more devoted to such endurance drove off the 
remaining twelve, so that on the fifth day of my philanthropic 
enterprise I was left in my solitary hut with a single attendant. I 
had, alas ! undertaken a task altogether unsuited to people whose 
idea of earthly happiness and duty is divided between palm oil, 
concubinafre, and sunshine. I found it idle to remonstrate with 
the king about the indolence of his subjects. Fana-Toro enter- 
tained very nearly the same opinion as his slaves. He declared 
— and perhaps very sensibly — that white men were fools to work 
from sunrise to sunset every day of their lives ; nor could he com- 
prehend how negroes were expected to follow their example ; 
nay, it was not the * fashion of Africa ; ' and, least of all, could 
his majesty conceive how a man possessed of so much merchan- 
dise and property, would voluntarily undergo the toils I Avas pre- 
paring for the future. . . . For a while I tried the effect of 
higher wages ; but an increase of rum, tobacco, and coin, could 
not string the nerves or cord the muscles of Africa. Four men's 
labor was not equivalent to one day's work in Europe or America. 
The negro's philosophy was both natural and self-evident: — why 
should he work for pay when he could live without it ? " — Canofs 
Twenty Years of an African Slaver, page 417. 

** A writer in the 'Southern Planter and Farmer' states that 
a gentleman in Charlotte county, Virginia, thus tested the com- 
parative results of white and black labor. He furnished thirteen 
negroes with mules and implements and provisions to raise a crop, 
and at the same time furnished an outfit to two white men. The 
negroes raised ninety-four barrels of corn, seven stacks of oats, and 
five thousand pounds of tobacco. The two white men, with a little 
negro girl to cook for them, raised one hundred and twelve and a 
half barrels of corn, ten stacks of oats, and eight thousand pounds 
tobacco. The negroes returned the mules in a poor, emaciated 
condition. The white men turned theirs over fat and sleek. The 
negroes worked four mules, the whites two. The gentleman 
referred to will, this year, work white men exclusively. To show 


the improvidence of the negroes, he said the cart and mules were 
at their service to haul wood ; yet they preferred to burn rails." 
— Baleigh (N. C.) Register, Jan. 17, 1868. 

*' Civilization hitherto has made very tardy i^rogress in these 
African wilds ; the black inhabitants of which are so indisposed 
to labor, and so wedded to their nomadic habits, that it is difficult 
to get them to settle down to industrious habits, either as agricul- 
turists or as artisans ; to say nothing of the colonist being obliged 
to be at all times jDrepared to oppose their predatory incursions." 
— Valdez's Africa, Vol. II., page 109. 

" The great national vice of the Africans is their indolence, 
They have no athletic sports. They wonder at the white man who 
walks to and fro from the mere love of walking." — Pieade's 
Savage Africa, page 448. 

*' I saw a man afflicted with palsy in his head. He applied to 
me for a remedy, but I could only recommend him to bathe him- 
self every day in warm water, — which will never be done ; for 
these people are too indolent to perform any labor of this kind, 
even if it be to save their lives." — Puchardsoti's Africa, Vol. II. ^ 
page 303. 



** In their warfare, cunning has a most important part. They 

laugh at the courage of the white man, who faces his enemy, and 

delight most in ambushes and sudden surprises. If one has a 

quarrel with another, he lies in wait for him, shoots him as he is 



passing by the way, and immediately retreats. Then, of course, 
the dead man's friends take up his quarrel ; then ensue other am^ 
bushes and murders ; frequently a dozen villages are involved in 
the palaver, and the killing and robbing goes on for months and 
even years, each party acting as occasion offers." — Du Chaillu's 
Equatorial Africa^ page 195. 

" The wamors of this part of Africa — with the exception of 
the Fans and Osheba — are not overstocked with courage. They 
applaud tricks that are inhumanly cruel and cowardly, and seem 
to be quite incapable of open hand-to-hand fight. To surprise 
man, woman, or child in sleep, and kill them then ; to lie in am- 
bush in the woods for a single man, and kill him by a single spear- 
thrust before he can defend himself; to waylay a woman going to 
the spring for water, and kill her ; or to attack on the river a ca- 
noe much smaller and weaker than the attackers, — these are the 
warlike feats I have heard most praised, and seen oftenest done 
in this part of Africa." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 131. 

" In war, they show no bravery, although on the hunt they are 
certainly brave enough. They despise boldness and admire cun- 
ning ; prefer to gain by treachery, if possible ; have no mercy or 
consideration for the enemy's women and children ; and are cruel 
to those who full in their power." — Du Chaillu''s Equatorial A/Hca, 
page 379. 

** Besides cowardice, their principal fault is thieving, — a dispo- 
sition which they never fail to evince ; and nothing comes amiss to 
them, from wholesale robbery to petty prigging. Like the true 
coward, too, they are bullies when they meet those more timid 
than themselves." — Eutcliinson's Africa, Vol. II., page 22. 

♦* During the war, which has continued these four months, the 
loss on the part of the Yaoorie has been about a half-dozen men 
killed, and the slaughter on the part of the rebels, it is said, has 
been no less. This sanguinary contest is a specimen of their war- 


fare, so that there will never be any great danger of depopulation 
from foreign wars or domestic broils. . . . The ' great war/ 
for wliich there was said to have been such mighty preparations 
in Nouffie, and which caused so much consternation in this city 
an evening or two ago, has terminated in the capture of a herd of 
the King of Wowow's bullocks near the walls of his town." — 
Lander'' s Travels in Africa^ Vol. I., pages 273, 275. 

*' About two o'clock, as I was lying asleep upon a bullock's hide 
behind the door of the hut, I was awakened by the screams of 
women, and a general clamor and confusion among the inhab- 
itants. At first I suspected that the Bambawans had actually en- 
tered the town ; but observing my boy upon the toj) of one of the 
huts, I called to him to know what was the matter. He informed 
me that the Moors were come a second time to steal the cattle, 
and that they were now close to the town. I mounted the roof of 
the hut, and observed a large herd of bullocks coming toward 
the town, followed by five Moors on horseback, who drove the 
cattle forward with their muskets. When they had reached the 
■Udells, which are close to the town, the Moors selected from the 
herd sixteen of the finest beasts, and drove them off at a gallop. 
During this transaction the town people, to the number of five 
hundred, stood collected close to the walls of the town; and when 
the Moors drove the cattle awaj^ though they passed within pis- 
tol-shot of them, the inhabitants scarcely made a show of resist- 
ance. I saw only four muskets fired, which, being loaded with 
gunpowder of the negroes' own manufacture, did no execution.'* 
— Mungo Park's 1st Journal, page 85. 

*'In an attempt to storm or subdue Cooniah, the capital of the 
rebellious province of Ghoober, the number of fighting men 
brought before the town could not, I think, have been less than 
fifty or sixty thousand, horse and foot, of which the foot amounted 
to more than nine-tenths. For the depth of more than two hun- 
dred yards, all round the walls, was a dense circle of men and 
horses. The horse kept out of the reach of bow-shot, while the 
foot went up, as they felt courage or inclination, and kept up a 
struggling fire with about thirty muskets and the shooting of ar- 


rows. . . . These fellows, whenever they fired their pieces, ran 
out of bow-shot to load. All of them were slaves; not a single 
Felatah had a musket. The enemy kept np a sure and slow fight, 
seldom throwing away their arrows, until they saw an opportunity 
of letting fly with effect. Now and then a single horseman would 
gallop up to the ditch, and brandish his spear, taking care to cover 
himself with his large leathern shield, and return as fast as he 
went, generally calling out lustily, when he got among his own 
party, ' Shields to the wall ! ' ' You people of Godado, why don't 
you hasten to the wall ? ' To which some voices would call out, 

* Oh ! you have a good large shield to cover you ! ' The cry of 

* Shields to the wall ! ' was constantly heard from the several chiefs 
to their troops ; but they disregarded the call, and neither chiefs 
nor vassals moved from the spot. ... At the conclusion of 
this memorable battle, in which nothing was concluded, the whole 
army set off in the greatest confusion, men and quadrupeds tum- 
bling over each other, and upsetting everything that fell in their 
way." — Clappertoii's Africa^ Vol. IV. , page 242. 

** These unfortunate people seldom think of defending their 
habitations, but rather give them up, and by that means gain time 
to escape." — Denham and Clapperton's Africa, Vol. II., page 121. 

**It is only self-interest that makes the African brave. I have 
seen a small cow, trotting up with tail erect, break aline of one 
hundred and fifty men carrying goods not their own." — Burton's 
Africa, page 242. 

" It is confidently stated by the missionaries that the King of 
Kongo raised the incredibly large army of nine hundred thousand 
men. They say very little, however, for the bravery or dis- 
cipline of this immense army, when they add that the main di- 
vision of it was entirely routed by four hundred Portuguese muske- 
teers." — Wilsoji's Africa, page 322. 

"Twenty whites will put to flight a thousand Congoans." — 
Ogilbifs Africa, page 533. 


** I was fortunately enabled to buy two camels instead of sump- 
ter oxen, which give great trouble on the road during the dry 
season, especially if not properly attended to, and prepared every- 
thing for my journey ; but the people in these countries are all 
cowards, and as I was to go alone without a caravan, I was un- 
able to find a good servant." — BartlCs Africa, Vol. I., page 503. 

"I witnessed their drill exercise a short time before leavino- 
Port Royal, and it was truly amusing. During the exercises, they 
practised them in the manual of arms, and loading and firing 
blank cartridge ; and when the command, ' Fire,' was given, nearly 
one half of the line squatted and dropped down, frightened at the 
noise of the guns in their own hands. I also conversed with sev- 
eral of them. They told me they never expected it of the Yan- 
kees to make them fight ; that they could not fight ; ♦ Me drap 
right down gone dead, I get so skeered."— Correspondence of a 
Michigan officer to the National Intelligencer, August 13, 1862. 

Of the negroes at Plarper's Ferry, and especially of those ne- 
groes who were more immediately concerned with John Brown 
n bis Harper's Ferry raid, and who were afterward captured 
and punished, the general newspaper accounts of that time 
concur in representing them all (so very unlike their fearless 
but misguided Anglo-American leaders) as the complete 
victims of cowardice and trepidation. Thus : — 

" The blacks made no resistance, but begged for mercy. . . 
They ran with all the swiftness that their fears could excite. 
. . . Green, the negro, is a large man, with a very bad coun- 
tenance and expression, and a most arrant coward. He cringes 
and begs to every person who approaches him." 

How the negi'o troops behaved on the occasion of the 
attempt to blow up Petersburg, Virginia, on the 30th of July, 
1864, may be seen by reference to the following Federal ac- 
count from the regular army correspondent of a New York 
newspaper : — 


" The rebels, exasperated at sight of the negroes, fought with 
the fury of devils, and, reinforcements coming to their aid, the tide 
of battle turned. The colored troops gave way and broke in con- 
fusion, when the rebels, having repulsed their charge, charged 
them in turn, and then they ran, a terror-stricken, disordered mass 
of fugitives, to the rear of our white troops. In vain their officers 
endeavored to rally them with all the persuasion of tongue, sabre, 
and pistol. Whatever discredit attaches to the negroes them- 
selves, their white officers are beyond reproach." 



*• So long as the negro can laugh, he cares little against whom 
the joke goes." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 330. 

*' The enraged wife rushed out to seek her supposed rival, and 
a battle ensued. Women's fights in this country always begin by 
their throwing off their dengui, that is, stripping themselves en- 
tirely naked. The challenger having thus denuded herself, her 
enemy showed pluck and answered the challenge by promptly 
doing the same ; so that the two elegant figures immediately went 
at it, literally tooth and nail, for they fought like cats, and be- 
tween the rounds reviled each other in language the most filthy 
that could possibly be uttered. Mayolo being asleep in his house, 
and no one seemingly ready to interfere, I went myself and sep- 
arated the two furies*"" — Du Chaillu's Ashango-Land, page 187. 

** No one can rely upon them even for a moment. Dog wit, or 
any silly remark, will set them giggling. Any toy will amuse 
them. Highly conceited of their personal appearance, they are 
forever cutting their hair in different fashions, to surj^rise a friend ; 
or if a rag be thrown away, they will all in turn fight for it to 


bind on their heads, then on their loins or spears, peacocking 
about with it before their admiring comrades." — Speke's Africa, 
page 29. 

" Should one happen to have anything specially to commu- 
nicate to his master in camp, he will enter giggling, sidle up to 
the pole of a hut, commence scratching his back with it, then 
stretch and yawn, and gradually, in bursts of loud laughter, slip 
dow^n to the ground on his stern, when he drums with his hands 
on the top of a box until summoned to know what he has at heart, 
when he delivers himself in a peculiar manner, laughs and yawns 
again, and, saying it is time to go, walks off in the same way as 
ho came." — Speke's Africa, page 29. 

*' Proceeding to another court, we sat in the shade together, 
when the women returned again, but were all dumb, because my 
interpreters dared not for their lives say anything, even on my 
account, to the king's women. Getting tired, I took out my 
sketch-book and drew Lubuga, the pet, which amused the king 
immensely, as he recognized her cockscomb. Then twenty naked 
virgins, the daughters of Wakungu, all smeared and shining with 
grease, each holding a small square of calico for a fig-leaf, marched 
in a line before us, as a fresh addition to the harem, whilst the 
hapiDy fathers floundered, yauzigging on the gi'ound, delighted to 
find their darlings appreciated by the king. Seeing this done in 
such a quiet, mild way before all my men, who dared not lift 
their heads to see it, made me burst into a roar of laughter, and 
the king, catching the infection from me, laughed as well ; but the 
laughing did not end there, — for the pages, for once giving way 
to nature, kept bursting, — my men chuckled in sudden gusts, — 
while even the women, holding their mouths for fear of detection , 
responded, — and we all laughed together. Then a sedate old 
dame rose from the squatting mass, ordered the virgins to right- 
about, and marched them off, showing their still more naked 
reverses." — Speke's Africa, page 357. 

*• A negro dwarf, who measured three feet all but an inch, the 


keeper of Princess Miram's keys, sat before her with the insignia 
of oflice on his shoulder, and richly dressed in Soudan tobes. 
This little person afforded us a subject of conversation and much 
laughter. Miram inquired whether we had such little fellows in 
my country ; and when I answered in the affirmative, she said, 
* Ah, o-ieb ! what are they good for? Do they ever have children ? ' 
I answered, * Yes ; that we had instances of their being fathers to 
tall and proper men.' ' Oh, wonderful ! ' she replied ; ' I thought 
so ; they must be better than this dog of mine ; for I have given 
him eight of my handsomest and youngest slaves, but it is all to 
no purpose. I would give a hundred bullocks and twenty slaves 
to the woman who would bear this wretch a child,' The wretch, 
and an ugly wretch he was, shook his large head, grinned, and 
slobbered copiously from his extensive mouth, at this flattering 
proof of his mistress' partiality." — Benhain's Africay Vol. III., 
page 3. 

** Their supreme happiness consists in having an abundance of 
meat. Asking a man, who was more grave and thoughtful than 
his companions, what was the finest sight he could desire, he 
instantly replied, • A great fire covered with pots full of meat,' 
adding, ' How ugly the fire looks without a pot ! ' " — MoffaVs Afri- 
ca, page 306. 

"They are very superstitious in some things, one of which is, 
that if they know anybody boils the sweet milk which they buy 
of them, they will not, for any consideration, sell that person any 
more, because they say that boiling the milk makes the cows 
dry." — Moore's Inland Parts of Africa^ page 35. 

"During my absence, a French captain, who was one of our 
most attentive friends, had left a donkey, which he brought 
from the Cape de Verds, for my especial delectation. I at once 
resolved to bestow the ' long-eared convenience ' on Prince Free- 
man, not only as a type, but a testimonial; yet, before a week 
was over, the unlucky quadruped reappeared at my quarters, 
"with a message from the prince, that it might do well enough for 


a bachelor like me, but its infernal voice was enough to cause the 
miscarriage of an entire harem, if not of every honest women 
throughout his jurisdiction. The superstition spread like wildfire. 
The women were up in arms against the beast ; and I had no rest 
till I got rid of its serenades by despatching it to Monrovia, where 
the dames and damsels Avere not afraid of donkeys of any dimen- 
sions." — Canofs Twenty Years of an African Slaver ^ page 2>lb, 

" The women, in order not to accustom themselves to much 
talking or scolding, take every morning, betimes, a little water in 
their mouths, which they keep there till all their household work 
is done ; but then putting it out, give their tongues free liberty." 
— Ogilby's Africa, page 364. 

"When the chief arrived, I was busy preparing some skins of 
birds and snakes, which caused no small amount of jesting 
amongst his followers. One fellow, more inquisitive and imper- 
tinent than the rest, approached close to me, and, seizing one of 
the reptiles by the tail, held it up before the multitude, which 
were now thronging my tent to inconvenience, and, addressing to 
it some unintelligible words, the whole assembly burst out into a 
deafening roar of laughter. Indeed, the mirth became so out- 
rageous as to throw the party into convulsions, many casting 
themselves at full length on the ground, with their hands tightly 
clasped across their stomachs as if in fear of bursting, whilst their 
greasy cheeks became furrowed with tears trickling down in 
streams." — Andersson's Africa, page 345. 

** The ideas of a Namaqua, as to the formation and rotary 
motion of the heavenly bodies, if not very profound, are unques- 
tionably very original. The sun, by some of the people of this 
benighted land, is considered to be a mass of fat, which descends 
nightly to the sea, where it is laid hold of by the chief of a white 
man's ship, who cuts away a portion of tallow, and, giving 
the rest a kick, it bounds away, sinks under the wave, goes round 
below, and then comes up again in the east." — Andersson''s Afri- 
ca, page 257. 






"The Austrian mission-station of St. Croix consists of about 
twenty grass huts on a patch of dry ground close to the river. 
The church is a small hut, but neatly arranged, Herr Morlang, 
chief of the establishment, acknowledged, with great feeling, that 
the mission was absolutely useless among such savages ; that he 
had worked with much zeal for many years, but that the natives 
were utterly impracticable. They w^ere far below the brutes, as 
the latter show signs of affection to those •who are kind to them ; 
while the natives, on the contrary, are utterly obtuse to all feel- 
ings of gratitude. He described the people as lying and deceit- 
ful to a superlative degree ; the more they receive the more they 
desire, but in return they will do nothing. Twenty or thirty of 
these disgusting, ash-smeared, stark-naked brutes, armed with 
clubs of hard wood brought to a point, were lying idly about the 
station. . . . Near by are the graves of several members of 
the mission, who have left their bones in this horrid land, while 
not one convert has been made from the mission of St. Croix." — 
Baker''s Great Basin of the Kile, page 53. 

*' The state of the East-African heathen, their indifference toward 
all that is spiritual, or to any progress in mere human affairs (they 
are, as Kebmann rightly says, ' profitable in nothing, either to 
God or to the workF) , may easily beget in the heart of a mission- 
ary a mood of disappointment, in which he would say, witli 
Isaiah, ' I have labored in vain ; I have spent my strength for 
nought, and in vain.'" — Krapfs Africa, page 507. 

"From this time forward the king began to develop his treach- 
erous character, promising, in the hope of j)resents, to promote my 
journey to Uniamesi, while all the while he had resolved to prevent 
it. Extortion, too, followed upon extortion, — his magician,Wessiri, 


speaking and acting in the king's name. I saw the stock of 
goods which I had intended for Uniamesi gradually melting 
awa}'; and when, by order of the king, I was obliged to part with 
piece after piece of the calico which 1 had reserved for my further 
journey, I could not suppress my tears. The king observed them, 
and asked the cause. Wessiri replied that I wept because of the 
loss of my goods ; when I rejoined that I was not weeping on 
that account, but because the things had been given me by 
good people at home, who wished to send the Book of Life to all 
Africans, with which object I had made the journey ; whereas I 
was now deprived of my property, and the good design of my 
friends was defeated " — Krapfs Eastern Africa^ page 260. 

"A clergyman of the Church of England, the Eev. Thomas 
Thompson, proceeded to the Gold Coast in 1751, with the view 
of attempting the introduction of the Christian religion. He re- 
mained chaplain at the Castle for four years, and brought home 
a few natives for education, one of whom, Philip Quacoe, was edu- 
cated at Oxford, and was afterward chaplain at Cape Coast for 
the long space of fifty years. No result followed his labors. It 
is even said that, at the approach of death, he had recourse to 
fetich practices." — Cruickshank''s Africa, Vol. I., page 183. 

"The most important and interesting portion of the last num- 
ber of the 'Journal of the Anthropological Society of London' is the 
discussion before the AnthrojDological Society- on the efforts of 
missionaries among savages, — a discussion inaugurated by Mr. 
Winwood Reade, author of * Savage Africa,' who stated, as the 
result of his observation in Equatorial Africa, that missionary ef- 
forts were total failures, even when directed by men eminently 
qualified for the task. So far from * professing Christians ' among 
negroes being better than the heathen, they were, if possible, 
worse. ' In plain words,' said Mr. Reade, ' I found that every 
Christian negress was a prostitute, and that every Christian negro 
was a thief.' Mr. Walker, of fourteen years' Gaboon experience, 
confirmed this testimony. Captain Biu'ton, in a very forcible 
speech, followed suit, giving the result of his observations, not 
merely in Africa, but in Western India, the prairie tribes of 


America, and tropical Africa generally ; missionary efforts, he 
said, being failures all. The following is characteristic : — 

' A VERY DEAR PERSON TO US.' — With the last African 
or Mombas mission I am personally acquainted. Years ago 
this ill-fated establishment had spent a sum of £12,000, and 
what were the results? In 1857, when calling at the mis- 
sionary station of Rabbai Mpia, near Mombas, I was informed 
that a wild-looking negi'o, whose peculiar looks caused me 
to get my bowie-knife handy, was ' a very dear person to us ; 
he is our first and only convert.' * Yes,' added the husband, with 
an amount of simplicity which might provoke a smile but for the 
melancholy thought that it breeds, * and he was prepared for 
Christianity by an attack of insanity, caused by the death of all 
his relations, and lasting five years." — London Dispatch, July 16, 

*'Mr. Phillips, of Abeokuta, with the rest of the missionaries in 
Central Africa, have been expelled from the country, suffering 
the loss of their entire property. Mr, Phillips is at Lagos in a 
destitute condition." — New York Tribune, Feh-uary 11, 1868. 

"The Catholic missionaries threatened the natives with hell 
fire if they refused to adopt the marriage system of the Christians. 
The natives replied that they were quite content to go where their 
fathers had gone before them. But the firmest opponents of these 
innovations were the women ; and, as every one knows, a priest- 
hood is only powerful when supported on female pillars. The 
ladies of the court, who despised the monks on account of their 
chastity, determined to take advantage of this f)ious weakness. 
Accordingly they chose a rivulet, which flowed before the garden 
of the missionaries, as their place of bathing, and there exhibited 
themselves during the whole day, often in very indecent attitudes. 
The afflicted fathers laid their distress before the king, but soon 
found the evil doubled by this proof of the effect which it had pro- 
duced." — Btade's Savage Africa, page 442. 

♦• They dread a superhuman power, and they fear and worship 


it as being a measureless source of evil. It is scarcely correct to 
call tliis devil-worship, for this is a title of contrast, presuming 
that there has been a choice of the evil in preference to the good. 
The fact in their case seems to be, that good in will, or good in 
action, are ideas foreign to their minds. Selfishness cannot bo 
more intense, nor more exclusive of all kindness and generosity or 
charitable affection, than it is generally found among these bar- 
barians. The inconceivableness of such motives to action has 
often been found a strong obstacle to the influence of the Christian 
missionai-y. They can worship nothing good, because they have 
no expectation of good from anything powerful. They have 
mysterious words or mutterings, equivalent to what we term in- 
cantations, which is the meaning of the Portuguese word from 
wliich originated the term * fetich.'" — Footers Africa and the 
American Flag, page 55. 

** Soon an aged woman, to whom the missionary had often 
spoken of the glorious gospel, joined the little praying-circle. 
The change in this old woman, Yuwa, was very striking. She 
had seemed to be one of the most unpromising characters in the 
town of Nyaro, and the first time the missionary, who had charge 
of the town, asked her why she did not regularly attend the 
chapel, she replied, ' Me go to church, and you no pay me !'" — 
Scott's Bay Dawn in Africa, page 89. 

" A missionary at Maopongo having met one of the queens, 
and finding her mind inaccessible to all his instructions, deter- 
mined to use sharper remedies, and, seizing a whip, began to ap- 
ply it to her majesty's person. The effect he describes as most 
auspicious ; every successive blow opened her eyes more and more 
to the truth, as she at length declared herself wholly unable to 
resist such affecting arguments in favor of the Catholic doctrine." 
— Murraifs African Discoveries, page 54. 

"lam not to be understood as intimating that any of tho 
numerous tribes are anxious for instruction ; tlusy are not tluj in- 
quiring spirits we read of in other countries ; they do not desire 


the gospel, because they know nothing about either it or its bene- 
fits." — Livingstone's Africa, j)(^ff^ 54i. 

** The town swarmed with thieves and drunkards, whose only 
object in life was sensual gratification, i^o where else had I met 
with so many impudent and shameless beggars. When a mis- 
sionary attempted to preach to a crowd in the streets or market, 
it was very common for some of them to reply by laying their 
hands on their stomachs, and saying, ' White man, I am hungry.' " 
— Bowen's Central Africa, page 101. 

"All missionaries praise the African for his strict observance of 
the Sabbath. He would have three hundred and sixty-five Sab- 
baths in the year, if possible, and he would as scrupulously ob- 
serve them all." — Bartons Wanderings in West Africa, Vol. /., 
page 266. 

*' In the negroes^ own country the efforts of the missionaries for 
hundreds of years have had no effect; the missionary goes away 
and the people relapse into barbarism. Though a people may be 
taught the arts and sciences known by more gifted nations, unless 
they have the power of progression in themselves, they must in- 
evitably relapse in the course of time into their former state." — 
Du, Chaillu's Ashango-Land, loage 436. 




" Their mode of salutation is quite singular. They throw 
themselves on then* backs on the ground, and, rolling from 


side to side, slap the outside of their thighs as expressions of 
thankfulness and welcome, uttering the words, ' Kina bomba.' 
This method of salutation was to me very disagreeable, and I 
never could get reconciled to it. I called out, • Stop — stop ! I 
don't want that ! ' but they, imagining I was dissatisfied, only 
tumbled about more furiously, and slapped their thighs with 
greater vigor. The men being totally unclothed, this performance 
imparted to my mind a painful sense of their extreme degrada- 
dation." — Livingstone's Africa, page 590. 

"They fear all manner of phantoms, and have half-developed 
ideas and traditions of something or other, they know not what. 
The pleasures of animal life are ever present to their minds as the 
supreme good." — Livingstone'' s Africa, page 477. 

*' Sambanza gave us a detailed account of the political afifairs 
of the country, and of Kolimbota's evil doings, and next morning 
performed the ceremony called 'Kasendi,' for cementing our 
friendship. It is accomplished thus : The hands of the parties are 
joined (in this case Pitsane and Sambanza were the parties en- 
gaged) ; small incisions are made on the clasped hands, on the 
pits of the stomach of each, and on the right cheeks and foreheads. 
A small quantity of blood is taken off from these points in both 
parties by means of a stalk of grass. The blood from one person 
is put into a pot of beer, and that of the second into another ; 
each then drinks the other's blood, and they are supposed to be- 
come perpetual friends or relations." — Livingstone's Africa, page 

*' The chieftainship is elective from certain families. Among 
the Bangalas of the Cassange valley the chief is chosen from three 
families in rotation. A chiers brother inherits in preference to his 
son. The sons of a sister belong to her brother; and he often 
sells his nephews to pay his debts. By this and other unnatural 
customs, more than by war, is the slave-market supplied. The 
prejudices in favor of these practices are very deeply rooted in 
the native mind. Even at Loanda they retire out of the city in 


order to perform their heathenish rites without the cognizance of 
the authorities. Their religion, if such it may be called, is one of 
dread. Numbers of charms are employed to avert the evils with 
which they feel themselves to be encompassed. Occasionally you 
meet a man, more cautious or more timid than the rest, with 
twenty or thirty charms round his neck. He seems to act upon 
the principle of Proclus, in his prayer to all the gods and god- 
desses ; among so many he surely must have the right one. The 
disrespect which Europeans pay to the objects of their fear is to 
their minds only an evidence of great folly." — Livingstone's Africa^ 
page 471. 

*' All the Batoka tribes follow the curious custom of knocking 
out the upper front teeth at the age of puberty. This is done by 
both sexes ; and though the under teeth, being relieved from the 
attrition of the upper, grow long and somewhat bent out, and 
thereby cause the under lip to protrude in a most unsightly way, 
no young woman thhiks herself accomplished until she has got 
rid of the upper incisors. This custom gives all the Batoka an 
uncouth, old- man-like appearance. Their laugh is hideous; yet 
they are so attached to it than even Sebituane was unable to eradi- 
cate the practice. He issued orders that none of the children 
living under him should be subjected to the custom by their 
parents, and disobedience to his mandates was usually punished 
with severity ; but, notwithstanding this, the children would ap- 
pear in the streets without their incisors, and no one would con- 
fess to the deed. When questioned respecting the origin of this 
practice, the Batoka reply that their object is to be like oxen, and 
those who retain their teeth they consider to resemble zebras. 
Whether this is the true reason or not, it is difficult to say ; but it 
is noticeable that the veneration for oxen which prevails in many 
tribes should here be associated with hatred to the zebra, as among 
the Bakwains ; that this operation is performed at the same age 
that circumcision is in other tribes ; and that here that ceremony 
is unknown. The custom is so universal that a person who has 
his teeth is considered ugly, and occasionally, when the Batoka 
borrowed my looking-glass, the disparaging remark would be 
made respecting boys or girls who still retained their teeth, * Look 
at the great teeth ! ' Some of the Makololo give a more facetious 


explanation of the custom : they say that the wife of a chief hav- 
ing in a quarrel bitten her husband's hand, he, in revenge, ordered 
her front teeth to be knocked out, and all the men in the tribe fol- 
lowed his example ; but this does not explain why they afterward 
knocked out their own." — Livingstone^ s Africa, j^^d^ ^^l* 

*' I have already noticed some peculiar customs of the Marghi ; 
but I must say a few words about their curious ordeal on the holy 
granite rock of Kobshi. When two are litigating about a matter, 
each of them takes a cock which he thinks the best for fightins:, 
and they go together to Kobshi. Having arrived at the hoh' rock, 
they set their birds a-fighting, and he whose cock prevails in the 
combat is also the winner in the point of litigation. But more than 
that, the master of the defeated cock is punished by the divinity 
whose anger he has thus provoked, and on returning to his village 
he finds his hut in flames." — Berth's Africa, Vol. II., page 

*• All over Bornu no butter is prepared except with the dirty 
and disgusting addition of some cow's urine, and it is always in a 
fluid state." — Bartli's Africa, Vol. I., page 580. 

** There are no ceremonies on birth occasions, and no purifica- 
tion of women among these people. When thQ mother perishes 
in childbirth, the parents claim a certain sum from ' the man that 
killed their daughter.' Twins, here called wapacha, are usually 
sold, or exposed in the jungle, as among the Ibos of West Africa. 
If the child die, an animal is killed for a general feast, and in 
some tribes the mother does a kind of penance. Seated outside 
the village, she is smeared with fat and flour, and exposed to tlie 
derision of people who surround her, hooting and mocking with 
offensive jests and gestures. To guard against this calamity, the 
Wazaramo and other tribes are in the habit of vowing that the 
babe shall not be shaved till manhood, and the mother wears a 
number of talismans — bits of wood tied with a thong of snake's 
skin — round her neck, and beads of different shapes round her 
head." — Burto?i's Africa, page 93. 


" When meat is not attainable and good water is scarce, the 
African severs one of the jugulars of a bullock and fastens upon it 
like a leech. This custom is common in Karagwah and the other 
northern kingdoms; and some tribes, like the Wamjika, near 
Moiubasah, churn the blood with milk." — Burton's Africa, 
page 463 

•' All the thoughts of the negroids are connected with this life. 
*Ah!' they exclaim, * it is bad to die! to leave off eating and 
drinking, never to wear a fine cloth ! ' As in the negro race gen- 
erally, their destructiveness is prominent ; a slave never breaks a 
thing without an instinctive laugh of pleasure ; and, however care- 
ful he may be of his own life, he does not value that of another, 
even of a relative, at the price of a goat. During fires in the town 
of Zanzibar, the blacks have been seen adding fuel, and singing 
and dancing, wild with delight. On such occasions they are shot 
down by the Arabs like dogs." — Burton's Africa, page 493. 

" In the absence of all refined pleasures, various rude sports are 
pursued with eagerness, and almost with fury. The most favor- 
ite is wrestling, which the chiefs do not practise in person, but 
train their slaves to exhibit in it as our jockeys do game-cocks, 
taking the same pride in their prowess and victory. Death or 
maiming, however, is no unfrequent result of these encounters. 
The ladies, even of rank, engage in another very odd species of 
contest. Placing themselves back to back, they cause particular 
parts to strike together with the most violent collision, when she 
who maintains her equilibrium, while the other lies stretched, is 
proclaimed victor with loud cheers." — Murray's African Discover- 
ies, page 145. 

*' After the heat of the day was over, Yano, Chief of Kiama, 
came, attended by all his train. The most extraordinary persons 
in it were himself and the bearers of his spears, which, as before, 
were six naked young girls, from fifteen to seventeen years of age. 
The only thing they wore was a fillet of white cloth round the 
forehead, about six inches of the ends flying behind, and a string 


of beads round their waists ; in their right hands they carried three 
light spears each. Their light form, the vivacity of their eyes, 
and the ease with which they appeared to fly over the ground, 
made them appear something more than mortal as they flew along- 
side of his house, when he was galloping and making his horse 
curvet and bound. A man with an immense bundle of spears re- 
mained behind at a little distance, apparently to serve as a maga- 
zine for the girls to be supplied from when their master had ex- 
pended those they carried in their hands." — Clajypertoii's Africa, 
Vol. IV., page 2U. 

** At that moment one of their lucky omens took place. My 
servant, who had assisted in bringing the presents, got up to re- 
ceive the Goora nuts presented to me by the governor's orders ; 
and in rising he overturned a pot of honey which had also been 
given to us, but without breaking it, the honey running out on 
the floor. Had the pot been broken, the omen would have been 
unfortunate. As it was, the governor was highly elated, and 
gi-aciously ordered the poor to be called in to lick up the honey. 
They immediately made their appearance, equally rejoiced at the 
lucky omen; and, upon their knees, quickly despatched the honey, 
not, however, without much strife and squabbling. One man 
came off with a double allowance, happening to have a long 
beard, which he carefully cleaned into his hand for a bonne bouche, 
after the repast on the ground was finished." — Clapperton^s Africa, 
Vol. III., page 2^2. 

** The ceremony of prostration before the king is required from 
all. The chiefs who come to pay their court, cover themselves 
with dust, and then fall flat on their bellies, having first practised 
the ceremony, in order to be perfect." — Clapperton''s Africa, Vol. 
IV., page 208. 

*' The Bomonese have twenty cuts or lines on each side of the 
face, which are drawn from the corners of the mouth toward the 
angles of the lower jaw and the cheek-bone ; and it is quite dis- 
tressing to witness the torture the poor little children undergo who 


are thus marked, enduring not only the heat, but the attacks o 
millions of flies. They have also one cut on the forehead in the 
centre, six on each arm, six on each leg and thigh, four on each 
breast, and nine on each side, just above the hips. They are, 
however, the most humble of females, never approaching their 
husbands except on their knees." — Denham and Clappertoii's 
Africa, Vol. III.., page 175. 

" His Highness vouchsafed this day to sleep in my tent, and yes- 
terday he did the Germans the honor of slaughtering lice in theirs. 
It is a grand piece of etiquette in this country, that every man has 
the privilege of murdering his own lice. If you pick a louse off a 
man's slave, you must deliver it up instantly to him to be mur- 
dered, as his undoubted right and privilege." — RicliardsorCs Af- 
rica, Vol. II., page 89. 

«' Before they sit down to eat meat in company, the Kaffirs are 
very careful to immerse their hands in fresh cow-dung, wiping 
them on the grass, which is considered the perfection of cleanli- 
ness. Except an occasional plunge in a river, they never wash 
themselves, and consequently their bodies are covered with ver- 
min." — Steedman's Africa, Vol. I, page 2Qo. 

** It is very common among the Hottentots to catch a serpent, 
squeeze out the poison from under his teeth, and drink it. They 
say it only makes them a little giddy ; and they imagine it pre- 
serves them afterwards from receiving any injury from the sting 
of that reptile." — CampbeWs Africa, page 401. 

*' As for the people of Naraacqua, when their sons are declared 
to be men, they erect a shade, kill an animal, and tie its fat on his 
head and round his neck, which, according to custom, he must 
wear till it gradually rots and falls off. They likewise cut several 
strokes on his breast with a sharp instrument. The entrails of the 
animal which was killed at the commencement of the ceremony, 
being dried and pounded into a powder, are now mixed wtih 


water, with which he is rubbed all over, and he is then declared 
to be a man m the presence of the whole kraal. He who does 
not submit to this ceremony eats only with women, and is de- 
spised." — CamphdVs Africa, page 430. 

** A curious custom, originating in the superstitious belief of the 
people of the Gold Coast, prevails among them, in reference to a 
girl after conception. As soon as it becomes generally apparent 
that she is with child, her friends and neighbors set xi^on her, 
and drive her to the sea, pelting her with mud and covering her 
with dust. During this operation they abuse her vehemently; 
and conclude the ceremony by tumbling her over among the 
waves. She returns unmolested to her house ; and the fetich- 
woman binds charms of strings and parrots' feathers about her 
"WTists, ankles, and neck, muttering a dark spell all tlie while, to 
keep away bad luck and evil spirits. Without passing through 
this ordeal, they believe that her childbirth would be unfortu- 
nate." — Cruickshank^s Africa^ Vol. II. j page 200. 

•' The Africans pay no attention either to domestic or wild ani- 
mals ; even the dog or horse, the two most sagacious of all the 
animal creation, excite in them no interest whatever. If not 
driven to it, they will suffer a horse to stand for days, tied up 
without food or water. In fact, in no case do they exhibit any 
feeling, either of regard or affection, to merit even a comparison 
with any of the lower animals, being also selfish in the extreme." 
— Duncan''s Africa, Vol. /., page 90, 

'* His prime minister and four others next in rank, who were 
conducting me to his majesty's presence, desired me to halt till 
the}' paid their compliment to his majesty, forming line in front 
of me. They completely prostrated themselves at full length, 
rubbino" both sides of their faces on the n^round and kissins' it. 
They then raised themselves on their knees, where they remained 
till they had completely covered themselves with dust, and 
rubbed their arms over with dirt as high as the shoulders." — 
DuncarCs Africa, Vol. L, 2^0 ge 220. 


*'Much neglect seems to prevail at the time of the birth of 
male children, respecting the separation of the umbilical cord. 
Many boys, and even men, may be seen with protruding navels 
as large as a duck's egg.'''' — Duncaii's Africa, Vol. I., page 80. 

"Very little systematic control is exercised by either parent ; 
and the children are, for the most part, utterly disobedient and 
reckless of parental authority. As they are taught in their 
earliest infancy to steal and lie, and to indulge in other gross 
vices, nothing better could be expected. One most cruel punish- 
ment inflicted upon their children, when they can no longer bear 
with them, is to rub red pepper in their eyes." — ScoWs Day 
Damn in Africa, page 49. 

** The Obbo natives are similar to the Bari in some of their 
habits. I have had great difficulty in breaking my cow-keeper of 
his diso:ustino: custom of washing the milk-bowl with cow's urine, 
and even mixing some with the milk ; he declares that, unless he 
washes his hands with such water before milking, the cow will 
lose her milk." — Bakefs Great Basin of the Nile, page 258. 

" The entire crowd were most grotesquely gotten up, being 
dressed in either leopard or white monkey skins, with cows' tails 
strapped on behind, and antelopes' horns fitted upon their heads, 
while their chins were ornamented with false beards, made of the 
bushy ends of cows' tails sewed together. Altogether, I never 
saw a more unearthly set of creatures ; they were perfect illustra- 
tions of my childish ideas of devils, — horns, tails, and all, ex- 
cepting the hoofs ; they were our escort ! furnished by King 
Kamrasi to accompany us to the lake." — Bakefs Great Basiri of 
the Nile, page 321. 

*' The women continue to perform the severest labors until the 
very last moment of their time. They give birth to children with- 
out uttering a complaint, and one would almost believe tliat they 


are delivered without pain, for on the following day they resume 
their usual occupations."— Caillie's Africa, Vol. 1., page 351. 

** The women of Bambara, who were exceedingly dirty, have 
all a bit of calabash, or a thin slip of wood, stuck into the under 
lip. I could scarcely persuade nlyself that this was a mere matter 
of taste, and questioned my guide upon the subject; he assured 
me that it was the ftishion of the country. I was equally at a loss 
to conceive how this bit of wood, which was merely stuck through 
the lip, could keep its place. The women allowed me to see that 
this curious ornament was brought through to the inner part of 
the lip, and they laughed heartily at my astonishment. I asked 
one of them to remove the piece of wood from her lip ; but she 
told me that if she did so the saliva would run through the hole. 
In short, I was quite amazed that coquetiy could induce them to 
disfigure themselves in this manner ; yet it is the general custom 
of this country. I saw young girls eight or ten years of age, who 
had in their lower lip little pieces of wood of the circumference 
of a pen-holder pointed at one end and stuck into the flesh. They 
renew it frequently, and every time use a larger bit of wood, 
which gradually widens the hole, until it becomes large enough to 
admit a piece of wood of the size of a half-crown piece. I ob- 
served that this singular and inconvenient ornament contributed 
to their uncleauliness." — CaiUie's Africa, Vol. L, page 374. 

•* The male Mandingoes are circumcised between the age of 
fifteen and twenty. The excision which females should undergo 
when they are marriageable, is often delayed until they are prom- 
ised in marriage. I even saw a married w^oman, who, after having 
a child, submitted to this operation. It is always performed by 
women, and on several patients at once, who are thereby ren- 
dered for some time unable to work. In this state they are taken 
care of by their mothers, who bathe the Avound several times a 
day with an indigenous caustic, with the use of which they are 
acquainted." — CaiUie's Africa, Vol. I., page 351. 

*' In Guinea, some of the customs practised on women, aftei 


their confinement, are most barbarous and inhuman. The mother 
is separated from her husband for a period of three years, that 
she may give undivided attention to her offspring ; and, in the 
mean time, the husband supplies himself with another partner." — 
Valdez's Africa, Vol. L, page 218. 

*' Their dances are mere steppings and turnings, in which there 
is nothing graceful, accompanied by the clapping of hands, and 
various distortions and gestures." — Valdez's Africa, Vol. II,, page 

*' On our walk to the house, we first saw a woman of the Bos- 
jesman race, and had ocular conviction of the ti'uth of all we 
had previously heard respecting the uncommon ugliness of these 
people, particularly of the females. She sat more than half-naked, 
at the entrance of a miserable straw hut, near a fire of fresh 
brushwood, which exhaled a terrible smoke and vapor, and was 
occupied in skinning a lean hare. The greasy swarthiness of her 
skin, her clothing of animal hides, as well as the savage wildness 
of her looks, and the uncouth manner in which she handled the 
hare, presented altogether a most disgusting spectacle. She took 
no further notice of us than now and then to cast a shy leer to- 
ward us." — Lichtenstein's Africa, Vol. I., page bQ. 

'* They generally eat their flesh raw, and chew it very little. 
If they dress it, they scarcely make it hot through, and bite it with 
their teeth the moment it is taken out of the ashes. The incisive 
teeth, therefore, of the old Bosjesmans are commonly half worn 
away, and have one general flat edge. They drink out of the 
rivers and streamlets, lying down flat on their bellies, even when 
the bank is very steep, so that they are obliged to support them- 
selves in a fatiguing manner with their arms, to avoid falling into 
the water." — Lichstenteiii's Africa, Vol. II., page 48. 

** The queen, who accompanied her lord, and who was de- 
cidedly the ugliest woman I ever saw, and very old, was called 


Mashumba. She was nearly naked, her only article of dress 
being a strip of the Fan cloth, dyed red, and about four inches 
wide. Her entire body was tattooed in the most fanciful man- 
ner ; her skin, from long exposure, had become rough and knotty. 
She wore two enormous iron anklets, — iron being a precious 
metal with the Fans, — and had in her ears a pair of copper ear- 
rings two inches in diameter, and very heavy. These had so 
weighed down the lobes of her ears that I could have put my 
little finger easily into the holes through which the rings were 
run." — ])u ChaiUu's Equatorial Africa, page 104. 

*' The men take care to put all the hardest work on their wives, 
who raise the crops, gather firewood, bear all kinds of burdens ; 
and, where the bar-wood trade is carried on, as it is now by 
many Shekiani villages, the men only cut down the trees and 
split them into billets, which the women are then forced to bear 
on their backs through the forests and jungle down to the river- 
banks, as they have but rude paths, and beasts of burden are un- 
known in all this part of Africa. This is the most severe toil 
imao^inable, as the loads have to be carried often six or seven 
miles or more." — Bu Chaillu's Equatorial Africay page 197. 

"It is curious what a stirring effect the sound of the tam-tam 
has on the African. He loses all control over himself at its sound, 
and the louder and more energetically the horrid drum is beaten, 
the wilder are the jumps of the male African, and the more dis- 
gustingly indecent the contortions of the women." — Du Chaillu's 
Equatorial Africa, page 236. 

"Many of the Hottentots wear, as ornaments, the guts of 
beasts, fresh and stinking, drawn two or three times, one through 
another, about their necks, and the like about their legs." — 
Ogilhy^s Africa, page 591. 

"The women are so addicted to dancing, that they cannot for- 
bear upon the hearing of any instrument, though they be ladea 


with one child in the belly, and another at the back, where they 
commonly carry them." — Ogilhy''s Africa^ page 466. 

** The king of Congo eats and drinks in secrecy. If a dog en- 
ters the house while he is at meals, it is killed ; and an instance is 
recorded of the king's son having accidentally seen his father 
drinking palm wine, and of his being executed on the spot." — 
Beade's Savage Africa, page 286. 

** When the aged become too weak to provide for themselves, 
and are a burden to those whom they brought forth and reared to 
manhood, they are not unfrequentlj'' abandoned by their own 
children, with a meal of victuals and a cruse of water, to perish 
in the desert; and I have seen a small circles of stakes fastened 
in the ground, -witliin which were still lying the bones of a parent 
bleached in the sun, who had been thus abandoned." — MoffaVs 
Africa, page 97. 

*' When a mother dies, whose infant is not able to shift for it- 
self, it is, without any ceremony, buried alive with the corpse of 
its mother." — Moffafs Africa, page 48. 

** They delight to besmear their bodies with the fat of animals, 
mingled with ochre, and sometimes with grime. They are utter 
strangers to cleanliness, as they never wash their bodies, but 
suffer the dirt to accumulate, so that it will hang a considerable 
length from their elbows. Their huts are formed by digging a 
hole in the earth about three feet deep, and then making a roof 
of reeds, which is however insufficient to keejD off the rains. Here 
they lie close together like j^igs in a sty. They are extremely 
lazy, so that nothing will rouse them to action but excessive 
hunger. They will continue several days together without food 
rather than be at the pains of procuring it. When compelled to 
sally forth for prey, they are dexterous at destroying the various 
beasts which abound in the country, and they can run almost as 
well as a horse. They are total strangers to domestic happiness. 


The men have several wives, but conjugal affection is little 
known. They take no great care of their children, and never 
correct them, except in a fit of rage, when they almost kill them 
by severe usage. In a quarrel between father and mother, or the 
several wives of a husband, the defeated party wreaks his or her 
vengeance on the ehild of the conqueror, which in general loses 
its life." — Kicherer, quoted in MoffaVs Africa, page 49. 

"The women of Pongo disfigure their faces very much by 
making large holes in their ears, and through the cartilaginous 
parts of the nose. Weights are attached to make the hole large 
enough to pass the finger through. Pieces of fat meat are fre- 
quently worn in these holes, but whether for ornament or fra- 
grance is not known. I inquired of one of them once why she did 
it, and received the laconic answer, *My husband likes it.'" — 
Wilson's Africa, page 288. 

" The person of the King of Loango is sacred, and he is, in 
consequence, subjected to some very singular rules, especially in 
connection with his eating and drinking. There is one of his 
houses in which alone he can eat, and another where alone he can 
drink. When the covered dishes which contain his food are car- 
ried into the eating-house, a crier proclaims it, and everybody gets 
out of the way as quick as possible. The doors are then carefully 
closed and bolted, and any person that should see the king in the 
act of eating would be put to death. Proyart mentions the fact 
that a favorite dog was immediately put to death for looking up 
into his master's face while eating. Another is mentioned of a 
child that was accidentally left in the banqueting-room of the king 
by his father, and who awoke and accidentally saw the king eat- 
ing. It was spared five or six days, at the earnest request of its 
father, but was then put to death, and its blood sprinkled upon the 
king's fetich. Others might be present when the king drank, but 
they were bound to conceal their faces. In like manner no one is 
allowed to drink in the king's presence without turning their 
backs to him." — Wilson''s Africa, page 309. 

'♦The King of Dahomi is one of the most absolute tyi'ants in 


the world ; and, being regarded as a demi-god by his own sub- 
jects, his actions are never questioned. No person ever ap- 
proaches him, — even his favorite chiefs, — without prostrating 
themselves at full length on the ground, and covering their faces 
and heads with earth. It is a grave offence to suppose that the 
king eats, drinks, sleeps, or performs any of the ordinary func- 
tions of nature. His meals are always taken to a secret place, and 
any man that has the misfortune or the temerity to cast his eyes 
upon him in the act is put to death. If the king drinks in public, 
which is done on some extraordinary occasions, his person is con- 
cealed by having a curtain held up before him, during which 
time the people f)rostrate themselves, and afterward shout and 
cheer at the very top of their voices." — Wilson's Africa^ page 202. 



**It is impossible to look at some of their domiciles without the 
inquiry involuntarily rising in the mind. Are these the abodes of 
human beings ? In a bushy country, they will form a hollow in a 
central position, and bring the branches together over the head. 
Here the man, his wife, and probably a child or two, lie huddled 
in a heap, on a little grass, in a hollow spot not larger than an os- 
trich's nest. Where bushes are scarce, they form a hollow under 
the edge of a rock, covering it partially with reeds or grass, and 
they are often to be found in fissures and cav^ of the mountains. 
When they have abundance of meat, they do .lothing but gorge 
and sleep, dance and sing, till their stock is exhausted. But hun- 
ger, that imperious master, soon drives him to the chase. It is 
astonishing to what a distance they will run in pursuit of the ani- 
mal which has received the fatal arrow. I have seen them, on the 
successful return of a hunting party, the merriest of the merry, 
exhibiting bursts of enthusiastic joy ; while their momentary hap- 


piness, contrasted with their real condition, produced on my mind 
the deepest sorrow." — MoffaVs Africa, page 48. 

**It is a curious fact that the circular form of hut is the only 
style of architecture adopted among all the tribes of Central Af- 
rica ; and that, although these differ more or less in the form of 
the roof, no tribe has ever yet sufficiently advanced to construct a 
window." — Baher''s Great Basin of the Nile, page 141. 

" Their sheep, goats, and poultry eat and sleep in the same hut 
with them, and a most intolerable stench is exhaled from all their 
dwellings. They do not appear to have the least affection for 
their offspring : a parent will sell his child for the merest trifle in 
the world, with no more remorse or repugnance than he would a 
chicken." — Landefs Africa, page 348. 

"These huts are erected so close to each other, and with so 
little reo;ard to comfort and a free circulation of air, that there is 
scarcely a foot-path in the town wide enough for more than one to 
walk on at a time ; and, not having the advantage of shady trees, 
the heat of the town is excessive and distressing. Its uncleanness, 
filth, and extreme nastiness have already been alluded to ; and the 
odor emitted from the dirty streets is offensive and almost insup- 
portable." — Landefs Travels in Africa, Vol. II., page 45. 

" Their houses somewhat resemble a beehive or ant-hill, con- 
sisting of boughs of trees stuck into the gi'ound in a circular 
form, and lashed down across one another overhead so as to form 
a framework, on which they spread large mats formed of reeds. 
These mats are also used instead of cloth, and are very effectual 
in resisting both sun and rain. The diameter of these dome-shaped 
huts varies from ten to fifteen feet." — Cummi)ig''s Africa, Vol. I., 
page 127. 

*' In the construction of their dwelliuor-houses the Mandingoes 


also conform to the general practice of the African nations on this 
pait of the continent, contenting themselves with small and in- 
commodious hovels. A circular mud wall, about four feet high, 
upon which is placed a conical roof, composed of the bamboo cane, 
and thatched with grass, forms alike the palace of the king and 
the hovel of the slave. Their household furniture is equally sim- 
ple. A hurdle of canes placed upon upright stakes, about two 
feet from the ground, upon which is spread a mat or bullock's 
hide, answers the purpose of a bed. A water-jar, some earthen 
pots for dressing their food, a few wooden bowls and calabashes, 
and one or two low stools, compose the rest." — Mungo Parle's 1st 
Journal, page 31. 

*' Houses are jotted down without any regard to the evenness 
or regularity of the ground on which they are erected. The hig- 
gledy-piggledy order of architecture prevails throughout ; and the 
axiom of Bacon that * a house was meant to live in,' is carried 
out in its most original simplicity in Old Kalabar. As I walk 
through the passages intended for streets, I have to scramble over 
eminences and down declivities in the best way I can. In a path- 
way between two houses opposite each other, or perhaps side by 
side, there may be an ascent or a descent of a dozen or score of 
feet ; and in wet weather it is impossible to escape a foot-bath in 
some of the many ruts to be met with as one goes along. Heaps 
of dirt and all kinds of refuse are thrown indiscriminately through 
the town, as if to allow pasture-ground for the many turkey-buz- 
zards, styled by Swainson, the * scavengers of nature,' that con- 
gregate upon them, and have a perpetual carnival in browsing 
upon the festering offal." — Hutchinson's Western Africa, page 116. 

"Their buildings generally resemble the humbler sort of Eng- 
lish cow-house, or an Anglo-Indian bungalow." — Burton^s Africay 
page 90. 

•' Beyond the line of maritime land the dwelling-house assumes 
the normal African form, the circular hut described by every trav- 
eller in the interior. Dr. Livingstone appears to judge rightly 


that its circularity is the result of a barbarous deficiency in invent- 
iveness." — Burtoii's Africa^ pctge 251. 

** The inner side of the roof is polished to a shiny black with 
smoke, which winds its way slowly through the door. Smoke 
and grease are the African's coat and small clothes ; they contrib- 
bute so much to his health and comfort that he is by no means 
anxious to get rid of them, and sooty lines depend from it like 
negi'o-stalactites." — Burtoii's Africa^ page 253. 

*' The settlements of the Wak'hutu are composed of a few 
straggling hovels of the humblest description, with doors little 
higher than an English pigsty, and eaves so low that a man can- 
not enter them except on all-fours. In shape they difier, some 
being simj)le cones, others like European haystacks, and others 
like our old straw beehives." — Burtons Africa, page 97. 

** All the accommodations of life throughout this continent are 
simple, and limited in the greatest degree. There does not, prob- 
ably, without some foreign interposition, exist in Africa a stone 
house, or one which rises two stories from the ground. The ma- 
terial of the very best habitations are merely stakes of wood 
plastered with earth, built in a conical form like beehives, and 
resembling the first rude shelter which man framed against the 
elements." — Murray^ s African Discoveries^ page 231. 

*' Except the state chairs or thrones of the great monarchs, 
ascended only on very solemn occasions, there is not throughout 
native Africa a seat to sit upon. The people squat on the ground 
in circles, and if the chief can place beneath him the skin of a lion 
or leopard, he is at the height of his pomp. For a table there is 
at best a wooden board, whereon is neither plate, knife, fork, nor 
spoon ; the fingers being supposed fully adequate to the j)erform- 
ance of every function." — Mwrafs African Discoveries, page 233. 


*' Their appearance indicated wretchedness in the extreme, and 
they seemed to behold us with astonishment. Their dwellings 
were so low as to be hardly visible among the bushes till quite 
close to them. They were the shape of the half of a hen's egg, 
with the open part exposed to the weather, which must be ex- 
tremely inconvenient in the rainy season, unless they are able to 
turn the inclosed side to the storm, which might easily be done. 
. . . The inhabitants were so covered with dirt, mixed with 
spots of very red paint, that it appeared probable none of them 
had had any part of their bodies washed since they were born." 
— CamphelVs Africa, page 316. 

*' Throughout the whole country the huts are small, ill-con- 
structed, and extremely filthy ; the door is so low that to enter 
you are obliged to crawl on all-fours. The residence of each fam- 
ily is composed of several huts surrounded by quick hedges, 
planted at random and without taste. Sometimes this inclosnre is 
formed merely of posts and rails, or a kind of palisade of straw. 
The streets are extremely narrow, winding, and dirty, all sorts of 
filth being thrown into them. Both men and women are very un- 
cleanly, as in all the negro villages in this country, and they rub 
a great quantity of butter upon their heads." — Caillies Africa, VuL 
I., page 24. 

"The village was a new one, and consisted mostly of a single 
street about eight hundred yards long, on which were built the 
houses. The latter were small, being only eight or ten feet long, 
five or six wide, and four or five in height, with slanting roofs. 
They were made of bark, and the roofs were of a kind of matting 
made of the leaves of a palm-tree. The doors run up to the eaves, 
about four feet high, and there were no windows. In these houses 
they cook, eat, sleep, and keep their store of provisions, chief of 
which is the smoked game and smoked human flesh, hung up to 
the rafters." — Du Chaillu's Equatorial Africa, page 105. 

•* The palaver-house is an open shed, which answers the pur- 
pose of a public-house, club-room, or town-hall, to these people ; 


they meet there daily, to smoke and gossip, hold public trials or 
palavers, and receive strangers." — Du Chaillu's Ashango-Land, 
page 264. 

«« The best sort of Makololo huts consist of three circular walls, 
with small holes as doors, each similar to that in a dog-house ; 
and it is necessaiy to bend down the body to get in, even when on 
all-fours. The roof is formed of reeds or straight sticks, in shape 
like a Chinaman's hat, bound firmly together with circular bands, 
which are lashed with the strong inner bark of the mimosa-tree. 
When all prepared except the thatch, it is lifted on to the circular 
wall, the rim resting on a circle of poles, between each of which 
the third wall is built. The roof is thatched with fine grass, and 
sewed with the same material as the lashings ; and, as it projects 
far beyond the walls, and reaches within four feet of the ground, 
the shade is the best to be found in the country. These huts are 
very cool in the hottest day, but are close and deficient in ventila- 
tion by night." — Livingstone's Africa, page 225. 

*' The Bosjesman has no settled residence ; his whole life is 
passed in wandering from place to place ; it even rarely happens 
that he passes two nights together on the same spot. One excep- 
tion may, however, be found to this general rule, and that is, 
when he has eaten till he is perfectly gorged ; that is to say, when 
he has for several days together had as much as his almost incred- 
ible voracity can possibly eat. Such a reveliy is followed by a 
sleep, or at least a fit of indolence, which will continue even for 
weeks, and which at last becomes so delightful to him, that he 
had rather buckle the girdle of emptiness round him, than submit 
to such an exertion as going to the chase, or catching insects. He 
is fond of taking up his abode for the night in caverns among the 
mountains, or clefts in the rocks ; in the plain he makes himself 
a hole in the ground, or gets into the midst of a bush, where, bend- 
ing the boughs around him, they are made to serve as a shelter 
against the weather, against an enemy, or against wild beasts. A 
bush that has served many times in this way as the retreat of a 
Bosjesman, and the points of whose bent boughs are beginning to 
grow again upwards, has perfectly the appearance of an immense 


bird's nest. In this state many sorts of the pliant tarconanthus, 
abundance of which grows on the other side of the Great River, are 
often to be found ; and if they have been recently inhabited, hay, 
leaves, and w*ool may be seen, forming the bottom of the nest. It 
is the custom w^hich has given rise to the name by which the sav- 
ages in question are now known. Bosje signifjing, in African 
Dutch, a shrub or bush ; Bosjesman, consequently, a bush-man. 
An additional reason for giving it being derived from their often 
shooting at game, or at an enemy, from this retreat." — Lichten- 
steiii's Africa^ VoL II.., page 46. 

** The holes in the ground above mentioned, which sometimes 
serve these people as beds, are only a few inches deep, of a long- 
ish-round form, and even when they are to serve for a whole fam- 
ily, not more than five or six feet wide. It is incredible how they 
manage to pack together in so small a space, — perhaps two grown 
persons and several children \ each is wraj^ped in a single sheep- 
skin, in which they contrive to roll themselves up in such a man- 
ner, round like a ball, that all air is entirely kept from them. In 
very cold nights they heap up twigs and earth on the windward 
side of the whole ; but against rain they have no other shelter 
than the sheepskin." — Lichtensteiii's Africa, Vol. II., page 47. 




** I HAVE been struck with the steady decrease of the population, 
even during the short time I have been in Africa, on the coast 
and in the interior ^ but before I account for it, let me raise my 
voice in defence of the white man, who is accused as being the 
cause of it. Wherever he settles, the aborigines are said to disap- 
pear. I admit that such is the case ; but the decrease of the pop- 


ulation had already taken place before the white man came ; the 
white man noticed it, but could not stop it. Populous tribes 
whom I saw for a second time, and who had seen no white man 
and his fiery water, have decreased, and this decrease took place 
before the terrible plague that desolated the land had made its 
api^earance. The negi'oes themselves acknowledge the decrease. 
Clans in the life-time of old men have entirely disappeared ; in 
others, only a few individuals remain." — Du Chaillu's Ashango- 
Land, page 225. 

"The decrease of the African population is owing to several 
causes : the slave-trade, polygamy, barrenness of women, death 
among children, plagues, and witchcraft, — the latter taking 
away more lives than any slave-trade ever did. The negro does 
not seem to diminish only in the region I have visited ; but in 
every other part of Africa, travellers, who after the lapse of a 
few years have returned a second time in the same country, have 
noticed a decrease of population. . . . The women of the in- 
terior are prolific, and in despite of it shall we assume that the 
negro race has run its course, and that in due course of time it 
will disappear, as many races of mankind have done before him ? 
The Southern States of America were, I believe, the only country 
in which the negro is known to have increased." — Du Chaillu.s 
AsJiango-Land, page 435. 

*' The name of Hottentot will soon be forgotten, or remembered 
only as that of a deceased person of little note. Their numbers 
of late years have been rapidly on the decline. It has generally 
been observed that wherever Europeans have colonized, the least 
civilized have always dwindled away, and at length totally dis- 
appeared." — Barrow's Africa^ Vol. I., page 93. 

*' It is impossible to conceal one's fears for the ultimate exist- 
ence of most of the colored races in South Africa ; I mean those, 
in the first instance, within the colony, and those in the neighbor- 
hood of places where the emigrant Boers have lately settled. 
The lands of the native tribes become gradually encroached on j 


jealousies and animosities, wars and retaliations arise ; the na 
tive tribes are driven back, lose their property, their lands, their 
courage ; they fall back on other tribes, where they encounter 
more or less resistance, become weaker and weaker, and the 
white man advances, and absorbs the whole." — Freeman's Mis- 
sionary Travels in Africa, page Q^. 

** At present, it appears to me that the prospects of the colored 
races of South Africa, taken on the broadest scale, are such as 
Christian philanthropy may weep over. I see no prospect of their 
preservation for any very lengthened period. The struggle may 
last for a considerable time. Missionary effort may not only save 
many of the souls of men, but help to defer the evil day of anni- 
hilation as to many of the aboriginal tribes. But annihilation is 
steadily advancing ; and nothing can arrest it without an entire 
change in the system of government, wherever British subjects 
come in contact with the native tribes." — Freeman'' s Missionary 
Travels in Africa, page 261. 

" In our own day a disintegrating process is ever spreading 
among the nations of Eastern Africa, and the East Africans them- 
selves avow that things went better with them in their fathers' 
time ; that greater kings and chiefs existed then than now, and 
that a new element must be introduced among them. The de- 
scendants of Ham have outlived themselves." — Krapfs Africa^ 
page 393. 

*' How the negro has lived so many ages without advancing, 
seems marvellous, when all the countries sun'ounding Africa are 
so forward in comparison ; and judging from the progressive 
state of the world, one is led to suppose that the African must 
soon either step out from his darkness, or be superseded by a 
being superior to himself. Could a government be formed for 
them like ours in India, they would be saved ; but, without it, I 
fear there is very little chance ; for at present the African neither 
can help himself, nor will he be helped by others, because his 
country is in such a constant state of turmoil he has too much 


anxiety on hand looking out for his food to think of anything else. 
As his fathers ever did, so does he. He works his wife, sells his 
children, enslaves all he can lay hands upon, and, unless when 
fighting for the property of others, contents himself with drinking, 
singing, and dancing like a baboon, to drive dull care away." — 
Speke's Africa, page 24. 

Rev. E. M. Wheelock, Secretary of the Board of Educa- 
tion of Freedmen, Department of the Gulf, — formerly 
Chaplain of one of the New Hampshire Regiments, — under 
date of New Orleans, Feb. 8, 1865, wrote to William Lloyd 
Garrison as follows : — 

**0n scores of plantations, labor was wholly suspended; and 
the laborers in hundreds, with their wives and little ones, had 
gathered around the forts and soldiers' camps. There they earned 
a precarious living by such uncertain and intermitted employ- 
ment as they might find ; the men as servants, hostlers, camp 
followers, and hangers-on, — their wives as cooks, washerwomen, 
etc. Hunger, cold, fever, and small pox were caiTying ofi" the 
children at a fearful rate of mortality. The morals of the men 
were being undermined by idleness and evil example, and the 
modesty of the women debauched by contact with all that is 
bebasing in military life. From month to month their numbers 
visibly decreased ; and it really seemed as though the Southern 
Negro, like the Indian, the Caffre, the Carib, and the Australian, 
would become extinct before the rude shock of the war, and the 
corrosive venom of our vices. The slave in Louisiana had 
become free, de facto, and in a qualified sense ; but, alas ! his 
freedom only meant the power to become idle, to become im- 
moral, to sicken and to die." 





" So great a diflference of opinion has ever existed upon the 
intrinsic value of the negro, that the very perplexity of the ques- 
tion is a proof that he is altogether a distinct variety. So long as 
it is generally considered that the negro and the white man are to 
be governed by the same laws and guided by the same manage- 
ment, so long will the former remain a thorn in the side of every 
community to which he may unhappily belong. When the horse 
and the ass shall be found to match in double harness, the white 
man and the African black will pull together under the same re- 
gime. It is the grand error of equalizing that which is unequal 
that has lowered the negro character, and made the black man a 
reproach." — Baker'^s Great Basin of the Nile, page 195. 

** The obtuseness of the savages was such, that I never could 
make them understand the existence of any good principle ; — 
their one idea was power, — force that could obtain all, — the 
strong hand that could wrest from the weak. In disgust I frc- 
quently noted the feelings of the moment in my journal, — a mem- 
orandum from which I copy as illustrative of the time. * 1863, 
10th April. — I wish the black sympathizers in England could 
see Africa\s inmost heart as I do ; much of their sympathy would 
subside. Human nature viewed in its crude state as pictured 
amongst African savages is quite on a level with that of the 
brute, and not to be compared with the noble character of the 
dog. There is neither gratitude, pity, love, nor self-denial ; no 

* For a fuller and more minute elucidation of the physical, mental, and moral 
difl'ereuces whicli exist between white people and negroes, see the remaining por- 
tions of this work, especially the next succeeding chapter, entitled "American 
Writers on the Negro." The testimonies given in the present chapter are almost 
exclusively those of intelligent white travellers, who have seen (and who, as care- 
ful and correct observers, have always seen only with indignation and disgust) the 
negroes in Negrolaud. 


idea of duty ; no religion ; but covetousness, ingratitude, selfish- 
ness, and cruelty. All are thieves, idle, envious, and ready to 
plunder and enslave their weaker neighbors.'" — Baker's Great 
Basin of the Nile, page 164. 

** In childhood I believe the negro to be in advance, in intellec- 
tual quickness, of the white child of a similar age, but the mind 
does not expand ; it promises fruit, but does not ripen ; and the 
negro mind has grown in body, but has not advanced in intellect. 
The puppy of three months old is superior in intellect to a child 
of the same age, but the mind of the child expands, while that of 
the doo- has arrived at its limit. The chicken of the common fowl 
has sufficient power and instinct to run in search of food the mo- 
ment that it leaves the egg, while the young of the eagle lies 
helpless in its nest ; but the young eagle outstrips the chicken in 
the course of time. The earth presents a wonderful example of 
variety in all classes of the human race, the animal and vegetable 
kingdoms. People, beasts, and plants belonging to distinct class- 
es, exhibit special qualities and peculiarities. The existence of 
many hundred varieties of dogs cannot interfere with the fact that 
they belong to one genus, — the greyhound, pug, bloodhound, 
pointer, poodle, mastiff, and terrier, are all as entirely different 
in their peculiar instincts as are the varieties of the human race. 
The different fruits and flowers continue the example, — the wild 
grapes of the forest are grapes, but, although they belong to the 
same class, they are distinct from the luscious Muscatel ; and the 
wild dog-rose of the hedge, although of the same class, is inferior 
to the moss-rose of the garden. From fruits and flowers we may 
turn to insect life, and watch the air teeming with varieties of the 
same species, —the thousands of butterflies and beetles, the many 
members of each class varying in instincts and peculiarities. Fish- 
es, and even shell-fish, all exhibit the same arrangement; that 
every group is divided into varieties, all differing from each other, 
and each distinguished by some pecuhar excellence or defect." — 
Baker'^s Great Basin of the Nile, page 195. 

**The negro is a being who invents nothing, originates nothing, 
improves nothing; who can only cook, nurse, and fiddle; who 


has neither energy nor industry, save in rare cases, that prove the 
rule ; he is the self-constituted thrall that delights in subjection 
to, and in imitation of, the superior races. The Aboriginal Amer- 
ican has never been known to slave ; the African, since he landed 
in Virginia, in 1620, has chosen nothing else ; has never, until 
egged on, dreamed of being free." — Burton'' s Wanderings in West 
Africa, Vol. J., page 175. 

"Eastern and Central intertropical Africa also lacks antiqua- 
rian and historic interest ; it has few traditions, no annals, and 
no i-uins, — the hoary remnants of past splendor so dear to the 
traveller and to the reader of travels. It contains not a single 
useful or ornamental work; a canal or a dam is, and has ever 
been, beyond the naiTOW bounds of its civilization." — Burton^s 
Africa, page 88. 

**The African's wonderful loquacity and volubility of tongue 
have produced no tales, poetry, nor display of eloquence ; though, 
like most barbarians, somewhat sententious, he will content him- 
self with squabbling with his companions, or with repeating some 
meaningless word in every different tone of voice during the 
weary length of a day's march." — BuHon''s Afnca, page 497. 

*' Music is at a low ebb. Admirable tunists, and no mean 
tunists, the people betray their incapacity for improvement by re- 
maining contented with the simplest and the most monotonous 
combinations of sounds. As in everything else, so in this art, — 
creative talent is wanting. A higher development would have 
produced other results ; yet it is impossible not to remark the de- 
light which they take in harmony. The fisherman will accompany 
his paddle, the porter his trudge, and the housewife her task of 
shelling grain, with a song; and for long hours at night the 
peasants will sit in a ring repeating, with a zest that never flags, 
the same few notes, and the same unmeaning line." — Burton's 
Africa, page 468. 


•* Devotedly fond of music, the negro's love of tune has invented 
nothing- but whistling and the whistle ; his instruments are all 
borrowed from the coast people. He delights in singing, yet he 
has no metrical songs ; he contents himself with improvising a 
few notes without sense or rhyme, and repeats them till they 
nauseate. . . . When mourning, the love of music assumes 
a peculiar form; w^omen weeping or sobbing, especially after 
chastisement, will break into a protracted threne or dirge, every 
period of which concludes with its own particular groan or wail. 
After venting a little natural distress in a natural sound, the long, 
loud improvisation, in the highest falsetto key, continues as be- 
fore." — Burton's Africa, page 497. 

** The sebaceous odor of the skin among all these races is over- 
powering, and is emitted with the greatest effect during and after 
excitement, whether of mind or body." — Burtons Africa, page 

" Up to the age of fourteen, the black children advance as fast 
as the white, but after that age, unless there be an admixture of 
white blood, it becomes, in most instances, extremely difficult to 
carry them forward." — Sir Charles LyelVs Second Visit to the United 
States, Vol. L, page 105. 

«' A certain skill in mechanics, without the genius of invention; 
a great fluency of language, without energy in ideas ; a correct 
ear for music, without a capacity for composition, — in a word, 
a display of imitative faculties, with an utter barrenness of 
creative power ; there is your negro at the very best. Even these 
are rare, almost exceptional, cases; and to show such trained 
animals as fair samples of the negro is to make an exhibition of 
black lies. One might almost as well assert, after the sights 
which one sees at a country fair, that all pigs are learned ; that 
the hare plays on a drum in its native state ; and that it is the na- 
ture of piebald horses to rotate in a circle to the sound of a brass 
band." — JReade''s Savage Africa, page 33. 


** It has been proved by measurements, by microscopes, by 
analysis, that the typical negro is something between a child, a 
dotard, and a beast. I cannot struggle against these sacred facta 
of science." — Meade's Savage Africay ijage 399. 

** I shall be blamed by ignorant persons when I say that, if war 
is waged against savages, it must be a massacre, or it is useless. 
Cruel as this maxim may appear, it would, if followed out, be the 
cause of less misery and bloodshed afterward. It must be re- 
membered that the minds of savages are as differently constituted 

from our minds, as are their bodies from our bodies 

Forbearance these negroes ascribe to fear, and mercy to personal 
interest." — Eeade^s Savage Africa, page 327. 

"The Shangalla go all naked; they have several wives, and 
these very prolific. They bring forth children with the utmost 
ease, and never rest or confine themselves after deliveiy; but, 
washing themselves and the child with cold water, they wrap it 
up in a soft cloth made of the bark of trees, and hang it upon a 
branch, that the large ants, with which they are infested, and the 
serpents may not devour it. After a few days, when it has gath- 
ered strength, the mother carries it in the same cloth upon her 
back, and gives it suck with the breast, which she throws over 
her shoulder, this part being of such a length as, in some, to 
reach almost to their knees." — Bruce's Travels, Vol. 11., p«<7e 553, 

"A Shangalla woman, upon bearing a child or two, at ten or 
eleven years old, sees her breast fall immediately down to near 
her knees. Her common manner of suckling her children is by 
carrying them upon her back, as our beggars do, and giving the 
infant the breast over her shoulders. They rarely are mothers 
after twenty-two, pv begin child-bearing before they are ten ; so 
that the time of child-bearing is but twelve years." — Bruce's 
Travels, Vol. 11. , page 559. 

The women of this part of Africa are certainly singularly 


gifted with the Hottentot protuberance. ... So miicli de- 
pends on the magnitude of those attractions for which their 
southern sisters are so celebrated, that I have known a man, 
about to make a purchase of one out of three, regardless of the 
charms of feature, turn their faces from him, and looking at them 
behind, in the vicinity of the hips, make choice of her whose per- 
son most projected beyond that of her companions." — Dmhain's 
Africa, Vol, II., page 89. 

•* Neither in the Desert nor in the kingdoms of Central Africa 
is there any march of civilization. All goes on according to a 
certain routine established for ages past." — Bicliardsoii's Africa, 
Vol. I., page 305. 

*' There is not a tincture of letters or of writing among all the 
aboriginal tribes of Africa. There is not a hieroglyphic or a 
symbol, — nothing corresponding to the painted stories of iSlexico, 
or the knotted quipos of Peru. Oral communication forms the 
only channel by which thought can be transmitted from one 
country and one age to another. The lessons of time, the ex- 
perience of ages, do not exist for the nations of this vast conti- 
nent." — Murray's African Discoveries, page 233. 

*• I found his majesty sitting upon a bullock's hide, warming 
himself before a large fire ; for the Africans are sensible of the 
smallest variation in the temperature of the air, and frequently 
complain of cold when a European is oppressed with heat." — 
Mungo Parle's First Journal, page 41. 

" They seem to have no social tenderness, very few of those 
amiable private virtues which would win our affection, and none 
of those public qualities that claim respect or command admira- 
tion. The love of country is not strong enough in their bosoms 
to incite them to defend it against the irregular incursions of a 
despicable foe ; and of the active energy, noble sentiments, and 
contempt of danger, which distinguish the North American tribes 


and other savages, no traces are to be found among this slothful 
people. Regardless of the past as reckless of the future, the j)res- 
ent alone influences their actions. In this respect they approach 
nearer to the nature of the brute than perhaps any other people 
on the face of the globe." — Lander'^s Travels in Africa, Vol. I., 
page 176 

*' Clicking is a peculiarity of several South African languages. 
The Bushmen, Hottentots, and Kafiirs have each several clicks. 
The Natal Kaffirs use but three, and these not frequently, as there 
are few words but can be understood without the click. In the 
Bushmen's language, very many are used, and I have heard that 
a Bushman is not considered to speak his language elegantly 
until age has deprived him of all his teeth. These curious little 
men use a great deal of action during their conversation ; and it 
is said that if a Bushman wishes to talk during a dark night, he 
is obliged to light a fire, to enable the listeners to see his action, 
and thereby fully to comprehend his meaning." — Braysori's 
Africa, page 58. 

*'The Bosjesmans, indeed, are amongst the ugliest of all hu- 
man beings. The flat nose, high cheek-bones, prominent chin, 
and concave visage, partake much of the apish character, which 
their keen eye, always in motion, tends not to diminish. The 
upper lid of this organ, as in that of the Chinese, is rounded into 
the lower on the side next the nose, and forms not an angle, as is 
the case in the eye of a European, but a circular sweep, so that 
the point of union between the upper and lower eyelid is not as- 
certainable. Their bellies are uncommonly protuberant, and 
their backs hollow. . . . As a means of increasing their speed 
in the chase, or when pursued by an enemy, the men had adopted 
a custom, which was sufficiently remarkable, of pushing the tes- 
ticles to the upper part of the root of the penis, where they seemed 
to remain as firmly fixed, and as conveniently placed, as if nature 
had stationed them there." — Barrow's Africa, Vol. I., page 234. 

" The great curvature of the spine inwards, and the remark- 


ably extended posteriors, are characteristic of the whole Hotten- 
tot race ; but, in some of the small Bosjesmans, they are carried 
to such an extravagant degree as to excite laughter. If the letter 
S be considered as one expression of the line of beauty to which 
degrees of aiDproximation are admissible, some of the women of 
this nation are entitled to the first rank in point of form. A sec- 
tion of the body, from the breast to the knee, forms really the 
shape of the above letter. The projection of the posterior part, 
in one subject, measured five inches and a half from the line 
touching the spine. This protuberance consisted entirely of fat, 
and, when the woman walked, it exhibited the most ridiculous 
appearance imaginable, every step being accompanied with a 
quivering and tremulous motion, as if two masses of jelly had 
been attached behind her." — Barrow's Africa, Vol. I., page 237. 

"The loose, long, hanging breasts, and disproportionate thick- 
ness of the hinder parts, make a Bosjesman woman, in the eyes of 
a European, a real object of horror." — Lichtensfein's A/Hca, VoL 
I.f page 117. 

*' For the most part, the hordes keep at a distance from each 
other, since the smaller the number the easier is a supply of food 
procured. So trifling is the intercourse among them, that the 
names of even the most common objects are as various as the 
number of hordes. Their language is disagreeably sonorous, 
from the frequent clacking of the teeth, and the prevailing croak- 
ing in the throat; and it is extremely poor, no less in words than 
in sounds ; thej" understand each other more by their gestures 
than by their speaking. No Bosjesman has a name peculiar to 
himself." — LicMensteiiis Africa, Vol. II. ^ page 49. 

*' If the ease with which a man is amused, surprised, or delud- 
ed, is a fair measure of intellectual grade, I fear that African 
minds will take only a very moderate rank in the scale of human- 
ity. The task of self-civilization, which resembles the self-filter- 
ing of water, has done but little for Ethiopia in the ages that have 
passed simultaneously over her people and the progi'essive races 


of other lands." — Canofs Twenty Years of an African Slaver, page 

*• When two Namaquas are talking together, and one is relat- 
ing a story, the listener repeats the last words of the speaker, even 
if he should know as much of the matter as his informant. For 
instance, if a man begin his recital by saying, ♦ As I walked along 
the river, a very large rhinoceros rushed suddenly upon me.' 
♦ Rushed suddenly upon me,' echoes the auditor. ' lie was very 
fat.' ♦ Very fat,' the other ejaculates, and so forth." — Andersson'? 
Africa, page 259. 

*' Unfortunately the people are altogether deficient of any ra- 
tional or charitable feeling. Music is scarcely known, or indeed 
any other exertion of the mind calculated to correct or improve tho 
natural passions." — Duncan'^s Africa, Vol. I., page 199. 

** In every part of the United States, there is a broad and im- 
passable line of demarcation between every man who has one 
drop of African blood in his veins, and every other class in the 
community. The habits, the feelings, all the prejudices of society, 
— prejudices which neither refinement, nor argument, nor educa- 
tion, nor religion itself, can subdue, — mark the people of color, 
whether bond or free, as the subjects of a degradation inevitable 
and incurable. The African in this'country belongs by birth to the 
very lowest station in society ; and from that station he can never 
rise, be his talents, his enterprise, his virtues what they may." — 
African Repository , Vol. IV., page 118. 

"The typical woolly-haired races have never invented a reasoned 
or reasonable theological system; discovered an alphabet; framed 
a grammatical language ; nor made the least step in science or 
art. They have scarcely comprehended what they have learned ; 
or retained a civilization taught them by contact with more refined 
nations, so soon as that contact has ceased. They have at no time 
formed great political states, nor commenced a self-evolving civ- 


ilization.'" — Sa>m7io?i Smith's Natural History of the Human Spe- 
cies, page 196. 

*' The negro is not wholly without talents, but they are limited 
to imitation, — the learning of what has been previously known. 
He has neither invention nor judgment. Africans may be consid- 
ered docile, but few of them are judicious, and thus in mental 
qualities we are disposed to see a certain analogy with the apes, 
whose imitative powers are proverbial.'" — Burmeister's Black Man, 
page 14. 

«' The tune the negroes sing is very simple, entirely free from va- 
riations, and is constantly repeated in the same key. The voice is 
high, — a sort of shrieking falsetto. The key is commonly in moll, 
seldom in dur, and each verse of the song terminates in a long- 
protracted, soft sound, in the singing of which alone can we ob- 
serve anything like freedom and variety of expression. Dull and 
deep tones are disagreeable to the negro. He tries to raise his 
voice to the highest possible pitch, and even his laughter has more 
the sound of whistling than laughing. The shrill, drawn-out ' hie ' 
they constantly emit as a mark of joyful surprise, reminded me of 
the harsh shrieking cries of the apes." — Burmeister's Black Man, 
page 16. 

*' On several occasions, when I met with a negro with a physi- 
ognomy that pleased me, I attempted to begin a conversation with 
him, in order to discover his intellectual and spiritual character- 
istics, after having studied his body. The result, however, uni- 
versally satisfied me of his deficiencies in this respect, and served 
to confirm me in my opinion that the negro cares only for those 
things which belong to the very lowest grades of the human fam- 
ily." — Burmeister''s Black Man, page 12. 

♦♦ There is not a single bookseller's shop in either Eastern or 
Western Africa." — Livingstone'' s Africa, page 689. 


*' Among the negroes, no science has been developed, and few 
questions are ever discussed, except those which have an intimate 
connection with the wants of the stomach." — Livingstone's Africay 
page 138. 

" The thermometer, placed upon a deal box in the sun, rose to 
138°. It stood at 108° in the shade by day, and 96° at sunset. If 
my experiments were correct, the blood of a European is of a 
higher temperature than that of an African. The bulb, held 
under my tongue, stood at 100° ; under that of the natives, at 
98°." — Livingstone's Africtty page 548. 

'* Among the slaves living at Aniambie, to work the king's plan- 
tations, were specimens of no less than eleven different tribes. 
Some old slaves from the far interior seemed very little removed 
from the Anthropoid apes in their shape and features, — lean legs, 
heavy bodies, with prominent abdomen, retreating forehead, 
and projecting muzzles ; they were more like animals than 
men." — Du Chaillu's Ashango-Land, page 42. 

•* The reader who has followed me through the volume of my 
former exploration and the present book, will have been able to 
gather an idea of the general character and disposition of the 
negro of this part of Africa, as he now stands. I have made re- 
searches to ascertain if his race had formerly left remains, show- 
ing that he had once attained a tolerably high state of civilization ; 
my researches have proved vain ; I have found no vestige what- 
ever of ancient civilization. Other travellers in different parts of 
Africa have not been more successful than I have," — Lu Chaillu's 
Ashango-Land, page 435. 




Thomas Jefferson, the fame of whose great intellect and 
commanding abilities seems to increase with the growth of 
time, was the first American who, having acquired a thorough 
knowledge of the inferior and baneful nature of the negro, 
wrote learnedly and truthfully about him ; and who, at the 
same time, with the vision of an impassioned prophet, im- 
plored his countrymen to avert, by a system of emancipation 
and deportation, *he very condition of national disgrace and 
ruin which has at last so nearly overtaken us. Yet such are 
the vagaries of certain sophists that the opinions of the 
renowned author of the Declaration of Independence are 
sometimes appealed to in support of the false positions of 
those who favor the recognition of the negro, upon terms of 
perfect equality, as a fellow-peer, a cousin-german, and a 
brother ! The latest notable instance of this fallacy is 
afforded by the New York " Tribune," of April 14, 1866, in 
these words : — 

'* Mr. Jefferson is, and ought to be, held in sincere reverence 
by all Radicals because of his agency in basing the Declaration of 
Independence on the broad, comprehensive, eternal principle 
of Equal Human Rights. As to the fundamental base of our 
political system, Mr. Jefferson is and ought to be the highest 

Now, if we will but fairly scrutinize, and weigh well, 
what Mr. Jefferson really did say and write, at intervals, 
during the long period of the half century immediately sub- 
sequent to the date of the Declaration of Independence, we 
will find that he had, indeed, no sympathy whatever with the 
erroneous and unnatural views touching the negro, which are 
now so strenuously advocated by the " Tribune " and other 


oracular exponents of the Radical faith. For full proof of 
this, remembering that, without any specific reference or 
allusion to the negro, the Declaration of Independence was 
written in 1776, let us, in the following pages, see something 
of what Mr. Jefferson did pointedly and specifically write 
about the negro, between the date of that ever-memorable 
document, July 4, 1776, and the date of the death of its 
illustrious author, July 4, 1826 : — 

"Deep-kooted prejudices entertained by the whites; 


objections, which are political, may be added others, which are 
physical and moral. The first diflference which strikes us is that 
of color. Whether the black of the negro resides in the reticular 
membrane between the skin and scarf-skin, or in the scarf-skin 
itself; whether it proceeds from the color of the blood, the color 
of the bile, or from that of some other secretion, the difference is 
fixed in nature, and is as real as if its seat and cause were better 
known to us. And is this difference of no importance ? Is it not 
the foundation of a greater or less share of beauty in the two 
races ? Are not the fine mixtures of red and white, the expres- 
sions of every passion by greater or less suffusions of color in the 
one, preferable to that eternal monotony, which reigns in the 
countenances, that immovable veil of black which covers the 
emotions of the other race? .... The circumstance of 
superior beauty is thought worthy of attention in the propagation 
of our horses, dogs, and other domestic animals ; why not in that 
of man ? Besides those of color, figure, and hair, there are other 
physical distinctions proving a difference of race. They have less 
hair on the face and body. They secrete less by the kidneys, 
and more by the glands of the skin, which gives them a very 
strong and disagreeable odor. This greater degree of transpira- 
tion renders them more tolerant of heat, and less so of cold than 


the whites. . . . They are more ardent after their female ; 
but love seems with them to be "more an eager desire, than a 
tender, delicate mixtm-e of sentiment and sensation. Their 
griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render 
it doubtful whether Heaven has given life to us in mercy or in 
wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten, with them. In general, 
their existence appears to participate more of sensation than re- 
flection. To this must be ascribed their dis^iosition to sleep when 
abstracted from their diversions and unemployed in labor. An 
animal whose body is at rest, and who does not reflect, must 
be disposed to sleep, of course. Comparing them by their facul- 
ties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me that in 
memory they are equal to the whites ; in reason much inferior, as 
I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and com- 
prehending the investigations of Euclid ; and that in imagination 
they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous." — Jefferson's Works, Vol. 
VIII. , page 380. Notes on Virginia; written in 1782. 

*' The "West Indies offer a more probable and practicable retreat 
for the negroes. Inhabited already by a people of their own race 
and color ; climates congenial with their natural constitution ; in- 
sulated from the other descriptions of men ; nature seems to have 
formed these islands to become the receptacle of the blacks trans- 
planted into this hemisphere. Whether we could obtain from the 
European sovereigns of those islands leave to send thither the per- 
sons under consideration, I cannot say; but I think it more proba- 
ble than the former propositions, because of their being already 
inhabited more or less by the same race. . . . Africa would 
offer a last and undoubted resort, if all others more desirable 
should fail." — Jefferson's Works, Vol. IV., page 421. Letter to 
Gov. Monroe, Nov. 24, 1801. 

*' You have asked my opinion on the proposition of Mrs. Mif- 
flin, to take measures for procuring, on the coast of Africa, an 
establishment to wliich the people of color of these States might, 
from time to time, be colonized, under the auspices of different 
governments. Having long ago made up my mind on this sub- 
ject, I have no hesitation in saying that I always thought it the 


most desirable measure which could be adopted for gi'adually 
drawing off this part of our population most advantageously for 
themselves as well as for us. Going from a country possessing all 
the useful arts, they might be the means of transplanting them 
among the inhabitants of Africa, and would thus carry back to 
the country of their origin the seeds of civilization, which might ren- 
der their sojournment and sufferings here a blessing in the end to 
that country." — Jejferson's Works, Vol. F., pa^e 563. Letter to 
John Lyncli, January 21, 1811. 

* I concur entirely in your leading principles of gradual eman- 
cipation, of establishment on the coast of Africa, and the patron- 
age of our nation until the emigrants shall be able to protect 
themselves. The subordinate details might be easily arranged. 
But the bare proposition of purchase by the United States gener- 
ally would excite infinite indignation in all the States north of 
Marj'land. The sacrifice must fall on the States alone which hold 
them ; and the difficult question will be how to lessen this so as to 
reconcile our fellow-citizens to it. Personally I am ready and 
desirous to make any sacrifice which shall ensure their gradual 
but complete retirement from the State, and elFectuall}', at the 
same time, establish them elsewhere in freedom and safet}'. But 
I have not perceived the growth of this disposition in the rising 
generation, of which I once had sanguine hopes. No s3'mptoms 
inform me that it will take place in my day. I leave it, therefore, 
to time, and not at all without hope that the day will come, equally 
desirable and welcome tons as to them." — Jefferson'^s Works, Vol. 
VJL, 2Jage bl . Letter to Dr. Thomas Hiunjjhreys, February 8, 1817. 

"The bill on the subject of slaves was a mere digest of the 
existing laws respecting them, without any intimation of a plan 
for a future and general emancipation. It was thought better that 
this should be kept back, and attempted only by way of amend- 
ment, whenever the bill should be brought on. The principles 
of the amendment, however, were agreed on ; that is to say, the 
freedom of all born after a certain day, and deportation at a 
proper age. But it was found that the public mind would not yet 
bear the proposition ; nor will it bear it even at this day. Yet the 


day is hot distant when it must bear and adopt it, or worse will 


LIVE IN THE SAME GOVERNMENT. Nature, habit, opinion, have 
drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. It is still in 
our power to direct the process of emancipation and deportation, 
peaceably, and in such slow degree, as that the evil will wear off 
insensibly, and their place be, pari passu, filled up by free white 
laborers." — Jefferson's Works, Vol. I., page AS). Autobiography; 
written in 1821. 

** The article on the African colonization of the people of color, 
to which you invite my attention, I have read with great consid- 
eration. It is indeed a fine one, and will do much g-ood. I learn 
from it more, too, than I had before known, of the degree of 
success and promise of that colony. In the disposition of this un- 
fortunate people, there are two rational objects to be distinctly 
kept in view. First : the establishment of a colony on the coast 
of Africa, which may introduce among the aborigines the arts of 
cultivated life, and the blessings of civilization and science. By 
doing this, we may make to them some retribution for the long 
course of injuries we have been committing on their population. 
. . . The second object, and the most interesting to us, as 
coming home to our physical and moral characters, to our happi- 
ness and safety, is to provide an asylum to which we can, by de- 
grees, send the whole of that population from among us, and es- 
tablish them, under our patronage and protection, as a separate, 
free, and independent people, in some country and climate friendly 
to human life and happiness. . . . I do not go into all the 
details of the burdens and benefits of this operation. And who 
could estimate its blessed effects ? I leave this to those who will 
live to see their accomplishment, and to enjoy a beatitude forbid- 
den to my age. But I leave it with this admonition, to rise and be 
doing:' —Jeffersofi's Works, Vol. VIL, page 332. Letter to Jar ed 
Sparks, February 4, 1824. 

*'The proverbs of Theognis, like those of Solomon, are ob- 


seryntions on human nature, ordinary life, and civil society, with 
moral reflections on the facts. I quote him as a witness of the 
fact tliat there is as much difference in the races of men as in the 
breeds of sheep, and as a sharp reprover and censurer of the sor- 
did, mercenary practice of disgracing birth by preferring gold to 
it. Surely no authority can be more expressly in point to prove 
the existence of inequalities, not of rights, but of moral, intellect- 
ual, and physical inequalities in families, descendants, and gen- 
erations." — John Adams. Correspondence with Jefferson, Nov. 15, 

'•Inequalities of mind and body are so established by God Al- 
mighty, in his constitution of human nature, that no art or policy 
can ever plane them down to a common level." — John Adams. 
Correspondence with Jefferson. 

** I have never read reasoning more absurd, sophistry more 
gross, in proof of the Athanasian creed, or Transubstantiation, 
than the subtle labors of Ilelvetius and Rousseau, to demonstrate 
the natural equality of mankind. The golden rule, ' Do as you 
would be done by,' is all tlie equality that can be supported or de- 
fended by reason, or reconciled to common sense." — John Adams. 
Correspondence with Jefferson. 

*'It is only as immortal beings that all mankind can, in any 
sense, be said to be born equal ; and when the Declaration of In- 
dependence affirms, as a self-evident truth, that all men are born 
equal, it is precisely the same as if the affirmation had been that 
all men are born with immortal souls." — John Quincy Adams. 
Lettei" to citizens of Bangor, Maine, July 4, 1813. 

•' I would not dwell with any particular emphasis upon the sen- 
timent, which I nevertheless entertain, with respect to the great 
diversity in the races of men . I do not know how far, in that re- 
spect, I might not encroach on those mysteries of Providenca 
which, while I adore, I may not comprehend." — Daniel Webster 


•* In my observations upon slavery as it existed in this country, 
and as it now exists, I have expressed no opinion of the mode of 
its extinguishment or melioration. I will sa}^ however, though 
I have nothing to propose, because I do not deem myself so com- 
petent as other gentlemen to take any lead on tliis subject, that 
if any gentleman from the South shall jDropose a scheme to be 
carried on b}- this government upon a large scale, for the trans- 
portation of the colored people to any colony or any place in the 
world, I should be quite disposed to incur almost any degree of 
expense to accomplish that object." — Webster's Works, Vol. V., 
page 364. 

"It is a question of races, involving consequences which go to 
the destruction of one or the other. This was seen fifty years 
ago, and the wisdom of Virginia balked at it then. It seems to 
be above human reason now. But there is a wisdom above hu- 
man, and to that we must look. In the mean time do not extend 
the evil.'" — Thomas Hart Benton. 

" Of the utility of a total separation of the two incongruous por- 
tions of our population (supposing it to be practicable) none have 
ever doubted. The mode of accomplishing that desirable object 
has alone divided public opinion. Colonization in Hayti for a 
time had its partisans. Without throwing any impediments in 
the way of executing that scheme, the American Colonization 
Society has steadily adhered to its own. The Haytien project has 
passed away. Colonization beyond the Stony Mountains has 
sometimes been proposed ; but it would be attended with an ex- 
pense and difficulties far surpassing the African project, whilst 
it would not imite the same animating motives." — Henry Clay. 
Speec/i in the House of Bepresentatives, 1827. 

'* How natural has it been to assume that the motive of those 
who have protested against the extension of slavery was an un- 
natural sympathy with the negro, instead of what it always has 
really been — concern for the welfare of the white man."-^— Wil' 
Ham H. Seward. Speech at Detroit, September 4, I860, 


" The great fact is now fully realized that the African race here 
is a foreign and feeble element, like the Indians, incapable of as- 
similation, . . . and that it is a pitiful exotic unwisely and 
unnecessarily transplanted into our fields, and which it is un- 
profitable to cultivate at the cost of the desolation of the native 
vineyard." — William E. Seward. Speech at Detroit ^ September 
4, 1860. 

** I have said that I do not understand the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence to mean that all men are created equal in all respects. 
Certainly the negro is not our equal in color, — perhaps not in 
many other respects. ... I did not at any time say I was in 
favor of negro sulfrage. Twice, — once substantially, and once 
expressly, — I declared against it. . . . I am not in favor of 
negro citizenship." — Abraham Lincoln. Debates loith Douglas, in 
Illinois, 1858. 

" I am not, and never have been, in favor of making voters or 
jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold ofllce, nor to 
intermarry with whites ; and I will say further, in addition to this, 
that there is a physical difference between the black and white 
races, which I believe will forever forbid the two races living to- 
gether on terms of social and political equality." — Abraham Lin- 
coln. Debates with Douglas in Illinois, 1858. 

** I will, to the very last, stand by the law of the State which 
forbids the marrying of white people with negroes." — Abraham 
Lincoln. Speech at Columbus, Ohio, September, 1859. 

" Why should not the people of your race be colonized ? Why 
should they not leave this country ? This is, perhaps, the first 
question for consideration. You and we are a different race. 
We have between us a broader difference than exists between 
almost any other two races. Whether it is right or wrong, 
I need not discuss ; but this physical difference is a great disad- 
vantage to us both, as I think your race suffers greatly, man^ 


of them by living with us, while ours suffer from your presence. 
In a word, we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it shows 
a reason why we should be separated. You, here, are freemen, 
I supiDose. Perhaps you have long been free, or all your lives. 
Your race are suffering, in my opinion, the greatest wrong 
inflicted on any people. But even when you cease to be 
slaves, you are yet far removed from being placed on an 
equality with the white race. You are still cut off from many 
of the advantages which are enjoyed by the other race. The 
aspiration of man is to enjoy equality with the best when free ; 
but on this broad continent not a single man of your race is made 
the equal of ours. Go Avhere you are treated the best, and the 
ban is still upon you. I do not propose to discuss this, but to 
present it as a fact with which we have to deal. I cannot alter it 
if I would. It is a fact about which we all think and feel alike. 
We look to our conditions owing to the existence of the races on 
this continent. I need not recount to you the effects upon white 
men growing out of the institution of slavery. I believe in its 
general evil effects u^Don the white race. See our present condi- 
tion. The country is engaged in war. Our white men are cut- 
ting each other's throats, none knowing how far their frenzy may 
extend ; and then consider what we know to be the truth. But 
for your race among us, there could not be a war, although many 
men engaged on either side do not care for you one way or the 
other. Nevertheless, I repeat, without the institution of slavery, 
and the colored race as a basis, the war could not have had an 
existence. It is better for us both, therefore, to be separated. I 
know that there are free men among you who, even if they could 
better their condition, are not as much inclined to go out of the 
country as those w^ho, being slaves, could obtain their freedom on 
this condition. I suppose one of the principal difficulties in the 
way of colonization is, that the free colored man cannot see that 
his comfort would be advanced by it. You may believe you can 
live in Washington, or elsewiiere in the United States, the re- 
mainder of your lives, perhaps more comfortably than you could 
in any foreign country. Hence you may come to the conclusion 
that you have nothing to do with the idea of going to a foreign 
country. This (I speak in no unkind sense) is an extremely sel- 
fish view of the case. But you ought to do something to help 
those who are not so fortunate as yourselves. . . . For the 


siike of 3'our race you should sacrifice something of your present 
comfort, for the purpose of being as grand in that respect as the 
white people. It is a cheering thought throughout life, that some- 
thin f can be done to ameliorate the condition of those who have 
been subject to the hard usages of the world. It is difficult to 
make a man miserable while he feels that he is worthy of himself, 
and claims kindred with the great God who made him ! In the 
American revolutionary war, sacrifices were made by men en- 
gaged in it, but they were cheered by the future. General Wash- 
ington himself endured greater physical hardships than if he had 
remained a British subject; yet he was a happy man, because he 
was eno-aired in benefitino: his race, and in doing something for 
the children of his neighbors, having none of his own." — Abraham 
Lincoln. Address to a Deputation of Negroes y JunCy 1862. 

*• I believe this government was made by white men, for the 
benefit of white men and their posterity forever ; and I am in 
favor of confining citizenship to white men, — men of European 
birth and descent, instead of conferring it upon negroes, Indians, 
and other inferior races." — Stephen A. Douglas. Debates with 
Lincoln in Illinois, 1858. 

** All the early patriots of the South — Washington, Jeflerson, 
Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Clay, and others — were the advo- 
cates of emancipation and colonization. The patriots of the North 
concurred in the design. Is the faction now ojoposing it patriotic 
or philanthropic ? Are they not rather, like Calhoun, working 
the negro question to accomplish schemes of selfish ambition, and, 
after his method, making a balance of power party of a phalanx 
of deluded fanatics, keeping the Union and the public peace per- 
petually in danger, and seeking power in the government through 
its distractions ? The author of the Declaration of Independence 
and his associates declared equal rights impracticable in society 
constituted of masses of diflerent races. De Tocqueville, the 
most profound writer of the Old World on American institutions, 
predicts the extermination of the blacks, if it is attempted to con- 
fer such riglits on them in the United States. It is obvious that 
an election would be a mockery in a community wherein there 


could be no other than hlach and icliite parties. In su jh commu- 
nities, reason and experience show that one or the other race 
must be the dominant race, and tliat democracy is impossible. 
This is not less obvious to the Phillips school than it is to the Cal- 
houn school, who concur in opposing the jiolicy of Mr. Jefferson, 
adopted by the president, intended to effectuate the design of our 
fathers to establish popular government. They concur in press- 
ing here the antagonism of races, and only differ in looking to 
different races to give them power. The result of this antagonism, 
so far as popular government is concerned, would be the same if 
either could succeed in their schemes ; and you would scarcely 
have much preference between being governed hy Jeff. Davis, as 
the leader of the Slave Power, and Wendell Phillips, as the 
leader of the enfranchised blacks. But neither can succeed. Even 
the Calhoun scheme, matured through so many years of intrigue 
by men versed in public affairs, and attended with a temporary 
success, is a failure as a governing contrivance, though potent 
still to spread ruin widely through the land, and especially 
to desolate the homes of his deluded followers. The Phillips 
scheme is the dream of visionaries wholly unskilled in govern- 
ment, and will be a failure from the start. He may, in turn, 
make victims of the negroes, as Calhoun has of their masters. 
But I think not. They are not ambitious of ruling white men, 
and will, I believe, be contented to set up for themselves, in some 
neighboring and congenial clime, on the plan of Jefferson and 
Lincoln." — Montgomery Blair. Speech at Concord^ N. H., June 17, 

"The problem before us is the practical one of dealing with the 
relations of masses of two different races in the same communit}'. 
The calamities now upon us have been brought about, as I have 
already said, not by the grievances of the class claiming i)ropert3^ 
in slaves, but by the jealousy of caste awakened by the secession- 
ists in the non-slaveholders. In considerinof the means of securino' 
the peace of the country hereafter, it is, therefore, this jealousy 
of race which is chiefly to be considered. Emancipation alone 
would not remove it. It was by proclaiming to the laboring 
whites, who fill the armies of rebellion, that the election of Mr. 
Lincoln involved emancipation, equality of the negroes with them 


and consequently amalgamation, that 'their jealousy was stimu- 
lated to the fighting point. Nor is this jealousy the fruit of mere 
ignorance and bad passion, as some suppose, or confined to the 
white people of the South. On the contrary, it belongs to all 
races, and, like all popular instincts, proceeds from the highest 
wisdom. It is, in fact, the instinct of self-preservation which 
revolts at hybridism. Nor does this instinct militate against the 
natural law, that all men are created equal, if another law of 
nature, equally obvious, is obeyed. We have but to restore the 
subject race to the same, or to a region similar to that from which 
it was brought by violence, to make it operative ; and such a sep- 
aration of races was the condition which the immortal author of 
the Declaration himself declared to be indispensable to give it 
practical effect. A theorist, not living in a community where 
diverse races are brought in contact in masses, may stifle the voice 
of nature in his own bosom, and, from a determination to live up 
to a mistaken view of the doctrine, go so far as to extend social 
intercourse to individuals of the subject race. But few even of 
such persons would pursue their theories so far as amalgamation 
and other legitimate consequences of their logic." — Montgomery 
Blair. Letter read at the Cooper Institute, N. T., March G, 1863. 

"White men have for centuries been accustomed to vote. 
They have borne all the responsibilities and discharged all the 
duties of freemen among freemen ; and it is a very different thing 
to take away from a freeman a privilege long exercised by him 
and by his ancestors, from what it is to confer one never before 
enjoyed upon ignorant, half-civilized Africans just released from 
slavery. Three generations back many of them wer*? cannibals 
and savages of the lowest type of human kind The only 
civilization they have is that which they have received during 
their slavery in America. To confer this great privilege ujjon the 
more enlightened negroes might tend to elevate the mass in the 
end. But to confer it now upon their ignorant hordes can only 
degrade the ballot and the republican institutions which rest upon 
it. No answer to this view has ever been given, no answer can 
be given, by the friends of universal negro suffrage, except this : 
•' The ignorant foreigner is allowed to vote, why not let the igno- 
rant negro vote ? Thus to compare the civilized European, accus- 


tomed to free labor, to self-support, and self-governrnent, to all 
the duties and resi^onsibilities of a freedman, and who withal, 
before he is allowed to vote in most of the States, must appear 
in open court, and, after five years' residence, prove by the testi- 
mony of two citizens a good moral character and that he is well 
disposed towards the government and institutions of the United 
States, — to compare him with the poor degraded mass of Afri- 
cans, plantation slaves just set free, is an atrocious libel upon our- 
selves, U23on our ancestors, upon the results of Christian civiliza- 
tion, and upon that Caucasian race which for thousands of years 
has ruled the world. . . . Why press this negro domination 
over the whites of the South ? What reason can you give ? The 
answer is, because the negroes were loyal and the whites dis- 
loyal. Let us examine this bold assertion. Is it true ? Were the 
negroes loyal during the rebellion? Recall the facts. Who does 
not remember that at least three-fourths of all the negroes in 
those States during the whole war did all in their power to sustain 
the rebel cause ? They fed their armies ; they dug their trenches ; 
they built their fortifications ; they fed their women and children. 
There were no insurrections, no uprisings, no effort of any kind 
anywhere outside the lines of our armies on the part of the ne- 
groes to aid the Union cause. In whole districts, in whole States 
even, where all the able-bodied white men were conscripted into 
the rebel army, the great mass of negroes, of whose loyalty you 
boast, under the control of women, decrepit old men and boys, 
did all they were capable of to aid the rebellion." — James B. Doo- 
Utile. Speech in the Senate, January 23, 1868. 

"In the name of constitutional liberty; in the name of our 
great ancestors who laid the foundations of this government to se- 
cure the liberty for themselves and for us ; in the name of all who 
love that liberty, who are ready to struggle and if need be to die 
rather than allow it to be overthrown : in the name of the comins: 
generations and that race to which we belong and which has given 
to the world all its civilization, — I do arraign and impeach the rad- 
ical policy of the present Congress of high crimes and misdemean- 
ors. At the bar of the American people, in the presence of high 
Heaven and before the civilized world, I impeach it, first, as a crime 
against the laws of nature which God the Almighty has stamped 


upon the races of mankind, because it attempts to force a politi- 
cal and social and unnatural equality betweeen the African and 
the Caucasian, — between an alien, inferior, and exotic race from 
the tropics, with the highest type of the human race in the home 
of the latter in the temperate zone. Second : I impeach it as a 
crime against civilization, because it would by force wrench the 
government out of the hands of the civilized white race in ten 
States of this Union, to place it in the hands of the half-civilized 
African. Third : I impeach it as a crime against the constitution, 
because it tramples down the rights of the States to fix for them- 
selves the qualifications of their own voters, — a right without 
which a State ceases to be republican at all. Fourth : I impeach 
it as a crime against the constitution and against national faith, 
because it annuls the pardons constitutionally granted to hundreds 
of thousands of the most intelligent white men of the South, and 
in ojDen, palpable violation of the constitution, disfranchises them. 
Fifth : I impeach it as a crime against the existence of ten States 
of the Union and the liberties of eight millions of people, because 
in express terms it annuls all civil government, by which alone 
those liberties may be secured, and places them under an absolute 
military desf)Otism. Sixth : I impeach it as a crime against hu- 
manity, tending to produce a war of races, to the utter destruction 
of one or both, — a result which cannot be prevented except by a 
large standing army, which neither resources will bear nor our 
liabilities long survive. Seventh : I impeach it as an utter aban- 
donment of the puri:)ose for which the war was prosecuted, of the 
idea upon which we fought and mastered a rebellion." — James 
a. DooUttle. Speech at Hartford, Cojin., March 11, 1868. 

" I know it is said that the objection which is felt on the jDart of 
the white population of this country to living side by side in social 
and civil equality with the negro race is all a mere prejudice of 
caste. But its foundations are laid deeper than mere prejudice. 
It is an instinct of our nature. Men may theorize on the condi- 
tion of the two races living together, but the thing is impossible ; 
the instincts of lioth parties are against it." — Senator BooUtiley 
of Wisconsin. 


**0f fill the delusions I have ever known, the idea of political 
equality between the black and white races seems to me the great- 
est. For more than four thousand years the history of this world 
has been written, and in all that time there is not one recorded 
annal of a civilized negro government; there is not one instance 
of political equality between the two races that has not proved 
injurious to both ; and yet it is proposed to confer upon an inferior 
race the dominion over one-third of the republic, and to make it 
a balance of power that, nine times out of ten, would, for that 
reason, control the whole country. There can be but one end to 
this scheme, if it be much longer prosecuted. It is impossible 
that the race to which we belong can submit to negro domination ; 
it is impossible that so inferior a race as the negro can compete 
with the white man in the business, much less the politics, of the 
country. The extermination of the negro, or his expulsion from 
this country, must be the inevitable result of the Radical policy, 
if persisted in. But before that happens, what untold evils may 
await us, what anarchy, what confusion, what impoverishment, 
what distress ! Worse than Mexico, worse than the South Ameri- 
can Republics, will be the" condition of a large portion of this 
country, if that policy prevails. And here let me caution you, 
my friends, that the question of negro suffrage was not settled by 
your votes last October. It is true that you voted it down in 
Ohio, but it is equally true that what you refuse to permit here 
you are asked to impose upon others. It is equally true that what 
you have solemnly condemned, a Radical Congress may impose 
uj^on you in spite of your condemnation, — impose upon you by 
an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, ratified 
by other States, though rejected by Ohio. If you would guard 
against negro suffrage, if jo\x would guard against political 
equality with tlie negro, you must not be satisfied with sending its 
opponents to the Legislature of your own State, but you must 
keep its advocates out of the halls of Congress." — Se^iator Thur- 
man, of Oldo. Speech at Mansfield, Jan. 21, 18G8. 

'* Whatever may have been the sympathies of the North on the 
question of freedom from slavery, you need not think they will be 
with the negro in this horrible contest now imminent; for when 
the northern man sees the mother and children escaping from the 


burning home that has sheltered and protected them ; when he 
hears the screams of beauty and innocence in the flight from 
pursuing lust, if ever he venerated a mother, or loved a sister or 
wife, his heart and hand will be for the pale-faced woman and 
child of his own race. Whatever may have been the sympathies 
of the N'orth for the negro in the claim made on his behalf for 
civil rights, just and generous men will turn with horror from the 
congressional policy that places the white race under the power 
and government of the negroes, and seeks to establish negro 
States in the Union. . . . You have taken the robes of polit- 
ical power off the shoulders of white men, and you have put 
them upon the shoulders of negroes. Gentlemen may moralize 
in solemn tones, as if they came from the tomb, about the gal- 
lantry and distinguished services of the negroes in the war. I 
can tell you that with all the political and party ambition you 
have, with all the party ^Dower you have, you have not power to 
take the garlands from the brows of the white soldiers and put 
them on the heads of the negroes. You cannot do it. What is 
right will stand. And I can tell you that all over this land, in 
every neighborhood, there are the soldiers that have returned 
home, who will vindicate and defend their own honor against this 
effort to appropriate the glory of the white * boys ' to the negroes. 
There was not a battle in the war that was won by the negroes. 
There is not a point that was carried by them. . . . ]\Iy col- 
league has spoken of a column, — the column of congressional 
reconstruction, — and has said that 'it is not hewn of a single 
stone, but is composed of many blocks.' I think he is right. Its 
foundation is the hard flint-stone of military rule, brought from the 
quarries of Austria, and upon that foundation rests the block from 
Africa, and it is thence carried to its topmost point with fragments 
of our broken institutions. That column will not stand. It will 
fall, and its architects will be crushed beneath its ruins. In its 
stead the people will uphold thirty-seven stately and beautiful 
columns, pure and white as Parian marble, upon which shall rest 
forever the grand structure of the American Union." — Thomas 
A. Hendricks. Speech in the Senate, February, 1868. 

«* I lay down the propositions that the white and black races 
thrive best apart ; that a commingling of these races is a detri- 


ment to both ; that it does not elevate the black, and it onl} de- 
presses the white ; that the history of this continent, especially in 
Hispano-America, shows that stable, civil order and government 
are imf)ossible with such a population. . . . Equality is a con- 
dition which is self-jDrotective, wanting nothing, asking nothing, 
able to take care of itself. It is an absurdity to say that two races, 
so dissimilar as black and white, of different origin, of unequal 
capacity, can succeed in the same society when placed in competi- 
tion. There is no such example in history of the success of two 
separate races under such circumstances. Less than sixty years 
ago, Ohio had thousands of an Indian population. She has now 
but thirty red men in her borders. The negro, with a difference 
of color indelible, has been freed under every variety of cir- 
cumstances ; but his freedom has, in most cases, as a matter of 
course, been only nominal. Prejudice stronger than all princi- 
ples, though not always stronger than lust, has imperatively 
separated the whites from the blacks. In the school-house, the 
church, or the hospital, the black man must not seat himself beside 
the white ; even in death and at the cemetery the line of distinction 
is drawn." — S. S. Cox. Eight Years in Congress, pages 249, 250. 

"Judge Douglass w\as right when he maintained that these 
commonwealths were for white men. Aside from the question of 
policy, there is an admitted right in each State to make or unmake 
its citizenship ; to declare who is and who is not entitled thereto. 
That will not be denied. When Minnesota came here for admis- 
sion, that was settled. But my colleague seems to admit that 
l^olitical privileges, like that of suffrage, may be fixed by State 
laws. Indeed, the Supreme Court have decided that the State 
has the exclusive right so to do. If so, by what reason can a State 
deprive the black race of the right of suffrage, on which depend 
all laws, all protection, all assessment of taxes, all punishments, 
even the matter of life and death, and yet not have power to for- 
bid such black race, as a dangerous element, from mingling with 
its population ! The Constitution of Illinois, just submitted to the 
people, denies to the negro the right of emigrating to or having 
citizenship in that State. Hitherto the same prohibition has ex- 
isted in Illinois and Indiana, and othern western States. . . . 
The right and power to exclude Africans from the States north 


being compatible with our system of State sovereignty and federal 
supremacy, I assert that it is impolitic, dangerous, degrading, 
and unjust to the white men of Ohio and of the North to allow 
such immigration." — S. S. Cox. EigU Years in Congress, pages 
243, 244. 

" The Caucasian, or white man is five feet and between nine 
and ten inches high ; the Esquimaux four feet and seven inches 
high; the Mongolian type, to which the Chinese belong, five 
feet and between four and five inches high. The Caucasian 
type weighs one hundred and fifty-six pounds ; the Esquimaux 
ninety-seven pounds; the Mongol one hundred and thirty-two 
pounds. The Caucasian lives to be sixty-six years and four months 
old ; the Mongol to be fifty-three years old ; and the Esquimaux 
to be forty-one years old. The life-insurance companies of Eu- 
rope and America all predicate their policies upon the fact that 
white men and women live to be sixty-six j-ears and four months 
old on an average. This average is based upon observations on 
the duration of more than six million lives. The statistics of the 
British and French armies are full of evidence ononis: to show and 
to prove tliat in height and weight no two races of men have yet 
been found alike. The feet and hands, the arms and legs, are un- 
like in measurement. The hand of the negro is one-twelfth longer 
and one-tenth broader than the hand of the white man; his foot 
is one-eighth longer and one-ninth broader than the white man's ; 
his forearm is one-tenth shorter; and the same is true of the bones 
from the knee to the ankle. These last-stated measurements are 
given upon the authority of Sir Charles Lyell. There has not yet 
been found, as far as I can learn, one bone in the skeleton of the 
white man which does not differ both in wei":ht and measurement 
from its fellow-bone which may belong to any other type of man. 
The skeleton is unlike in the whole in weight and measurement, 
and unlike in every bone of it. These average differences ought 
to be conclusive that they cannot and do not belong to the same 
type ; and these unvarying dissimilarities must be produced by 
causes which are not accidental." — William Mangen. Speech in 
the House of Representatives ^ July 10, 1867 

«* Some of our people who pretend to see in the Indian, the 


Chinaman, the Esquimaux, and especially the African, ' a man and 
a brother,' claim that all the wide and impassable differences which 
are found between the races or tj^pes of men have been pro- 
duced by accidental causes, by climate, and by amalgamations. 
I have already, for the jDresent at least, sufficiently answered the 
climatic part of this proposition, and have only to say that if it be 
true, as held by my Radical friends, that the negro is ♦ a man and 
a brother,' — that he is the offspring of Adam, — that there was, in 
other words, but one race at first, — how there could have been 
* amalgamations ' I cannot imagine. Amalgamation, in the sense 
in which they use it, implies a plurality of races, — just what ethnol- 
ogists claim ; but in fact it upsets the Radical theory of the ' unity 
of races,' upon which must depend their whole argument in favor 
of ' equality and fraternity.' For as soon as they admit that the 
races are of different origins they can no longer claim that all 
races are equal, any more than they can claim that the horse 
and the ass are equal. The principle on which the argu- 
ment rests is identical. . . . Miscegenation is a subject of 
vast importance to society, to posterity, and especially at the pres- 
ent time to the statesmen of our country. For it is true in his- 
tory and true in science that nations which allow their national 
stock to be adulterated, which tolerate amalgamation with other 
national types, will perish certainly, and perish forever. I have 
said that this is a question of the utmost importance to the states- 
men of America, — of that portion of it especially which once bore 
deservedly the name of ' The United States of America; ' and I 
say now, w^ith all the candor possible, that if those statesmen, 
those gentlemen who are moulding and shaping the policy and 
laws and regulations for our government, fail to be guided by 
exijerience and science and history in shaping a policy to pre- 
vent amalgamation, miscegenation, social and political equality 
of the different races, white, black, red, yellow, and brown, our 
nation will be suffocated, as it were, by these foolish and suicidal 
projects, these Utopian schemes of equality of races." — William 
Mungen. Speech in the House of Representatives, July 10, 1867. 

'* There are two other subjects or sciences which bear impor- 
tant testimony relative to the origin of types of the human races ; 
I allude to embryology and cranioscopy. I do not profess to un- 


derstand either of these subjects or sciences thoroughly ; but tho 
professors of embryology assert, and they are unanimous in the 
assertion, that the law of life which operates to organize man in 
his earliest moment, that the spermatozoa and the cell formation 
are entirely different in each type of the human race ; and that in 
this department of her work, as in every other, nature displaj's 
infinite variety. I repeat, then, the declaration of these learned 
gentlemen, that under a powerful microscope the fact that the 
different types of men are absolutely different creations is no 
longer an open question. The law which operates to organize 
and the being organized are different from the first and different 
totally. But quite the most curious, and perhaps the most impor- 
tant discovery which cranioscopy has made relates to the position 
which each type holds in the scale of civilization. It is found that 
the races of men whose brain measures sixty-four cubic inches or 
less are always barbarous and heathen people ; that they have not 
intellectual power sufficient to frame a government nor to enact 
laws ; in other words, to make for themselves an}' form of gov- 
ernment better than heathenism makes. The races of men whose 
brain measures from seventy-four to eighty-four cubic inches are 
the unprogressive people. They are half-civilized or half-barbar- 
ous ; the governments they found are alwaj-s despotic ; the laws 
they enact are always peculiar, and are different from the laws 
enacted by any other type of people. The peoj^le of China, 
Japan, India, — in short the greater portion of the types of man, 
— are embraced and included between sixty-eight and eighty-four 
cubic inches of brain. The nationalities whose brain measures 
ninety-four cubic inches or upward are the only nationalities who 
are progressive and enlightened, who are caj^able of cultivating the 
physical sciences to practical results, and whose governments are 
made for the benefit of the jieople. Cranioscopy declares that the 
different types have each a different organization, — in other words, 
a different creation ; and it further declares that there are as plainly 
different kinds of men, having different kinds of humanities in the 
world as there are different kinds of beasts; that the horse and the 
ox are not more certainly different creations than the white man and 
the Indian, the Indian and the African, the African and the Chinese, 
the Chinaman and the Esquimaux. ... I have discussed this ques- 
tion of races, because it lies at the foundation of our social and polit- 
ical structure. All history shows that a free government, adminis- 


tered according to law, is impossible, unless the people who create 
the laws and accept them for their government are endowed with 
those qualities of mind and character which have never been ex- 
hibited by the negro race. The attempt to blend the races by 
the coercion of statutory enactments and military violence will be 
instinctively repelled by the white dominant race ; and if this 
coercion should succeed, it would have no other result than a com- 
mon degradation and a common ruin." — William Mungen. Speech 
in tlie House of Representatives, July 10, 1867. 

*' The difference is not only in the hair, but it is in the whole 
anatomical structure of the head, inside and outside. The negro's 
face projects like a muzzle, and the teeth are obliquely inserted, 
so that their edges meet as at projecting angles. The develop- 
ment of the jaw (x3rognathism) is in direct relation or proportion 
to the intellectual capacity of a people, — the prognathous being con- 
fined to the lowest races of men, among them the negro. Their 
cranial capacity is different. The volume of an American or 
English head is in cubic centimetres 1572 — 95, while that of a 
negro, born in Africa, is only 1371 — 42, and the place occupied 
in relation to cranial capacity and cerebral weight corresponds 
with the degree of intellectual capacity and civilization. The 
weight of the white man^s brain is greater than that of the negro. 
The convolutions of the brain are different. The anterior and 
frontal lobes of the white man show a far better mental develop- 
ment. All these assertions are maintainable by high German, 
French, and English, as well as American authority ; but this is 
not the place nor the hour for metaphysical or psychological dis- 
cussion. Every feature of the white man and negro differs. The 
nose is different. The nostrils of a Caucasian form two nearly 
rectangular triangles, the hypothenuses of which are turned out- 
wards, whilst the septum of the nose forms a perpendicular line 
common to the two triangles. On taking a similar view of the 
negro, the nostrils present only a transverse aperture, or the 
figure of a horizontal eight united in the middle by the nasal sep- 
tum. The form and size of the mouth, the shape of the lips and 
cheeks are very different. The apish chin of the negro differs 
very essentially from that of the white man. The facial angle of 
the distinguished writer, Camper, amounts in the negro to 70.75 


degrees, — it may sink to 65, — whilst in the Caucasian it is rarely 
below 80, and frequently a few degrees higher. The nefro's 
skull is thicker than the white man's, the cervical muscles more 
j)owerful, and, hence, the negro cames his burden on his head, 
and, like a ram in a fight, uses his skull. The negro's shoulder 
differs from the white man's. The negro's hand is larger, his fin- 
gers long and thin, palms flat, thumb-balls scarcely prominent. 
' All the characters of his hand - (says Carl Yoght) * decidedly ap- 
proach that of the Simian hand.' The leg, the calves of the leg, 
all differ from the white man's. * The femoral bones, as well as 
the fibula, seem curved outwards, so that the knees are more 
apart from each other than in the white.' The pelvis is organi- 
cally different. ' The foot of the negro,' says Burmeister, • is in 
everything ugly, — flat, of a projecting heel, a thick, flabby 
cushion in the inner cavity, with wide-spreading toes. The mid- 
dle part of the foot does not touch the ground.' Yoght, the Ger- 
man physiologist, calls it ' the foot of the gorilla, or, if you i^lease, 
the posterior hand.' I cite these facts to show that it is not the 
skin alone that parts the white from the negro race, not the der- 
mis, or epidermis, or pigment therein." — James Brooks. Speech 
in the House of Representatives , December 18, 1867. 

"Where, oh, tell me where, sir, has the pure-blooded negro 
unassisted by the white man, exhibited any of the triumphs of 
genius ? Where have we found that race producing a Homer, a 
Phidias, a Praxiteles, a Socrates, a Demosthenes, a Yirgil, or a 
Milton, or a Shakespeare? Where has it i^roduced any great 
architect like iMichael Angelo ? Where any great poet, where any 
heroic soldier like Alexander, Cassar, or Napoleon ? Where any 
wonderful mechanic ? What negro of pure blood ever started a 
steam-engine, or a spinning-jenny, a screw, a lever, the wheel, 
or the pulley? What negro has invented a telegraph, or dis- 
covered a star, a satellite, or an asteroid ? What negro ever con- 
structed a palatial edifice like this in which we are assembled, — 
these Corinthian columns, — these frescoed walls? Xegro his- 
tory makes no mark in the great world's progress. That history 
is all a blank, blank, blank, sir. The negro can never rise above 
a certain range of intelligence. The children of the negro, up to 
ten or fifteen years of age, may be as bright and as intelligent as 


white children. They acquire knowledge as rapidly; but after 
that early age the negro youth does not advance as does the 
white youth. While the white man is increasing in knowledge till 
the day of his death, the negro reaches before the age of maturity 
a point beyond which he cannot well advance in anything save in 
the arts of mere imitation." — James Brooks. Speech in the House 
of Representatives, December 18, 1867. 

"I need not cross the Atlantic to show the fatal step you are 
taking by this Reconstruction Bill in going into this copartnership 
with negroes. Our continent has been settled by two classes of 
men, — Anglo-Saxon, Celt, and Teuton in the North, and the 
Spanish-Latin race in the South. God never made a nobler race 
of men than the old Hidalgos of Spain, who, under Columbus, in a 
little caraval of forty tons, started on the trackless Atlantic in search 
of the then unknown America. God never made a nobler race, I 
repeat, than these Hidalgos of Spain. What did they do ? They 
ran all along the Gulf of Mexico, from Florida on the north to 
Cape Horn on the southern verge of South America. They settled 
Mexico and Venezuela, Xew Grenada and Chili, and Peru, and, 
coasting all the Xorthern Pacific, imprinted the holy, classic names 
of old Spain upon the now golden mountains and vine-covered 
valleys of the State of California. They climbed the snow-clad 
Cordilleras, and planted their banner on every hill and every val- 
ley of Mexico, Peru, and Chili. They drove Montezuma from 
the halls of his Aztec ancestors ; and, under Cortez and Pizarro, 
Peruvian, Mexican, and semi-barbarian civilization fell before the 
mighty prowess of their arms. Their heroic deeds, their lofty 
chivalry, their Christian loyalty, now read more like the romances 
of a Froissart than, as they are, the true records of history. 

*' Our Anglo-Saxon fathers started later from the shores of Eng- 
land, and landed upon the rock of Plymouth or upon the flats of 
Jamestown. The Puritan himself, trembling over his rock for a 
while, in terror of the tomahawk, ventured at last on what was then 
deemed gigantic heroism. He crossed the Connecticut and the 
Hudson, and slowly crept up the Mohawk, and halted for years and 
years upon Lakes Erie, Ontario, and Huron. The cavaliers of 
Jamestown threaded their way up the River James, stealthily 
wound over the passes of the Alleghanies, and looked down at last 


with astonishment and affright upon la belle riviere of Ohio. But all 
this time these heroic Hidalgos of Spain were spreading the name 
and fame of Castile and Arragon throughout the whole American 
continent, from Florida on the north to Cape Horn on the south, and 
from Cape Horn to California, while our Anglo-Saxon race stood 
shivering upon the Ohio and Lake Erie without the courage to ad- 
vance further. What, sir, happened then ? What has produced 
this difference between us and the lofty Hidalgo ? Why are they 
fallen, these men of the Armada, so exalted among all the nations 
of the earth, who made our ancestors, in the days of Queen Eliza- 
beth, tremble on the throne ? Why was it that in the Mexican war 
one regiment of our Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Teutonic blood, again and 
again put whole regiments of these once noble Hidalgos of Spain 
to flight at Chapultepec, the Garita, and elsewhere ? I will tell 
you why, sir. The Latin, the Spanish race, freed from that in- 
stinct of ours which abhors all hybrid amalgamation, revelled in a 
fatally tempting admixture of blood, — indulged in social and 
governmental copartnership with Aztecs, Indians, Negroes, one 
and all. The pure blood, the azure blood, of the old Hidalgos of 
Spain, lost and drained, dishonored and degraded, has dwindled 
into nothing, while the pure blood of the Anglo-Saxons, the Celts, 
the Teutons, abhorring all such association and amalgamation 
with the negro or the Indian, has leaped over Lake Erie, crossed 
la belle riviere, the great Father of Waters, the Mississippi, crowded 
the mountain passes of Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Montana, 
rolled over the Rocky Mountains, and spread for hundreds of 
miles on the Pacific Ocean, — carrying not only there, but every- 
where, triumphant, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, the glorious 
flag of our country, — that emblem of a pure race, — and ever con- 
trasting the glory and honor, the prowess of that race with the 
degradation of the race of these once noble Hidalgos of Spain." 
— James BrooJcs, Speech in the House of Eepresentatives, Dec. 18, 

*' Our four millions of negro slaves absorb the public mind, 
and the thoughts and the time of government, by the dangers 
they evoke. They have produced sectional animosity and strife 
where peace and good-will should reign. They have thrown the 
administration of the law throughout the South into lynch-law 


committees, and have forbidden any northern man to go there, 
unless he leaves his independence, and freedom of thought and 
speech behind him. They have destroyed all industry but their 
own, and made the South dependent upon foreign suj^plies for 
every article which human ingenuity has invented for the com- 
fort and accommodation of man. The}'' must be sentinelled and 
watched, to protect society from horrors worse than war. They 
inspire terror daring peace, and, in case of invasion, would be 
more fearful than the enemy. By means of their weakness they 
control our jDolitics ; they conquer us by abject submission ; they 
overwhelm us by mere prolific growth ; they have manacled our 
hands and feet with fetters of gold, and, nominally slaves, they 
are really the masters of our destiny." — Fisher^ s Laics of Bace, 
page 30. 

"White men alone possess the intellectual and moral energy 
which creates that development of free government, industry, sci- 
ence, literature, and the arts, which we call civilization. Black 
men can neither originate, maintain, nor comprehend civiliza- 
tion." — Fislier''s Laws of Bace, page 10. 

*' Surely no argument is necessary to prove that a nation must 
be happier, wiser, richer, more powerful, and more glorious, where 
the whole people are of the strongest, most intellectual, and most 
moral race of mankind, than where any portion of the people are 
degraded by nature, and incapable of progress or civilization. 
Barbarism is barbarism, whether in Africa or America ; and a 
country inhabited by barbarians cannot be civilized. Just in pro- 
portion to the number of its barbarians is it wanting in the ele- 
ments of civilization, and just in that proportion, too, is it weak 
and liable to overthrow from dangers within and without." — 
Fisher's Laws of RacCj page 33. 

" Though the negro in the North is not a slave, he is made an 
outcast and a pariah. There is no j^lace for him in northern so- 
ciety ; no aspiration nor hopes to stimulate him ; none of the 
prizes of life, wealth, power, respectability, are held out to him, 


to nerve his efforts and elevate his desires. He is governed and 
protected in all liis rights wholly by the white race, without his 
participation. He is excluded from office, from the hustings, 
from the court-house, from the exchange, from every intellectual 
calling or pursuit, not by legal enactment, but by his own incapac- 
ity, and by opinion ; by the feeling of caste and race, — that is to 
say, by divine laws, which are stronger than any the legislature 
can make. He has no civil or political power whatever, by which 
to protect himself, and he may not lay a finger on one of those 
three wonderful boxes, the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the car- 
tridge-box, which contain the instruments and weapons by which 
freemen defend their rights. They are for the white race only. 
A negro governor, legislator, judge, magistrate, or juryman does 
not exist, could not by possibility exist, in the whole North. This 
race is not only excluded from all political and civil place and 
power, but the avenues to social rank and respectability are 
closed against him ; or rather they are too steep and difficult for him 
to climb. He is not a land-owner, a manufacturer, a merchant. 
There is no legal obstacle ; but land, machinery, and shif)S are things 
he cannot manage. There are no black attorneys-at-law, ph3'Si- 
cians, authors, or capitalists in the North. The law opens to the 
negro these spheres of activity as widely as to the white man, but 
they are far beyond the negro's wildest dreams, because beyond 
his talents. He is thus pushed down by a superior moral and in- 
tellectual force, which he can neither comprehend nor resist, into 
those pursuits which the Saxon, and even the Celt, avoids if 
he can, — into labors which require the least strength of mind or 
body, which 3'ield the least profit, and are menial and degrading. 
The spirit of caste drives the negro out of churches, theatres, 
hotels, rail-cars, and steamboats, or assigns to him, in them, a 
place apart. It drives him into the cellars, dens, and alleys of 
towns, into hovels in the country ; and it does all this without 
laws, without concert or design, without unkindness or cruelty, 
but unconsciously, simply because it cannot help doing it, obey- 
ing this instinctive impulse, and the immutable, eternal laws by 
which the races of men are kept apart, and are preserved through 
countless ages without change. These laws are divine. They 
execute themselves in spite of party combinations or fanatical 
legislatures, or philanthropic enthusiasts, or visionary dreamers 


about human perfectibility and the rights of man." — Z'Vs/igr'^ 
Laws of Bacc, j^agcs 21-23. 

" Strikingly apparent is it that the negro is a fellow of many 
natural defects and deformities. The wretched race to which he 
belongs exhibits, among its several members, more cases of lusus 
naturce than any other. Seldom, indeed, is he to be seen except 
as a preordained embodiment of uncouth grotesqueness, malfor- 
mation, or ailments. Not only is he cursed with a black com- 
plexion, an apish aspect, and a woolly head; he is also rendered 
odious by an intolerable stench, a thick skull, and a booby brain. 
An accurate description of him calls into requisition a larger num- 
ber of uncomplimentary terms than are necessary to be used in 
describing any other creature out of Tophet ; and it is truly as- 
tonishing how many of the terms so peculiarly appropriate to him 
are compound ^vorks of obloquy and detraction. 

"The night-born ogre stands before us ; we observe his low, 
receding forehead, his broad, depressed nose ; his stammering, 
stuttering speech ; and his general actions, evidencing monkey- 
like littleness and imbecility of mind. By close attention and ex- 
amination, we may also discover in the sable individual before us, 
if, indeed, he be not an exception to the generality of his race, 
numerous other prominent defects and deficiencies. Admit that 
he be not warp-jawed, maffle-tongued, nor tongued-tied, is he 
not skue-sighted, blear-eyed, or blobber-lipped? If he be not 
wry-necked, wen-marked, nor shoulder-shotten, is he not stiff- 
jointed, hump-backed, or hollow-bellied? If he be not slab- 
sided, knock-kneed, nor bow-legged, is he not (to say the least) 
spindle-shanked, cock-heeled, or flat-footed? If he be not 
maimed, halt, nor blind, is he not feverish with inflammations, 
festerings, or fungosities ? If he be not afflicted with itch, blains, 
nor blisters, does he not squirm under the pains of boils, burns, or 
bruises? If he be not the child of contusions, sprains, nor dislo- 
cations, is he not the man of scalds, sores, or scabs ? If he be not 
an endurer of the aches of pneumonia, pleurisy, nor rheumatism, 
does he not feel the fatal exacerbations of rankling wounds, tu- 
mors, or ulcers? If he be no complainer over the cramps of 
coughs, colics, nor constipation, doth he not decline and droop 
under the discomforts of dizziness, dropsy, or diarrhoea ? If he be 


no sufferer from hemorrhoids, erysipelas, nor exfoliation, is he 
not a victim of goitre, intumescence, or paralysis ? If he expe- 
rience no inconvenience from gum-rasli, cholera-morbus, nor 
moon-madness, doth he not wince under the pangs of the hip- 
gout, the tape-worm, or the mulli-grubs? If he be free from 
idiocy, insanity, or syncope, is he not subject to fits, spasms, or 
convulsions ? " — Helper'^s Nojoqiie, pages 68-69. 

"Weak in mind, frail in morals, torpid and apathetic in phy- 
sique, the negro, wherever he goes, or wherever he is seen, car- 
ries upon himself, in inseparable connection with abjectness and 
disgrace, such glaring marks of inferiority as are no less indelible 
and conspicuous than the base blackness of his skin. Upon this 
point, all the records of the past, all the evidences of the present, 
all the prognostications of the future, are plain and positive. In 
the long catalogue of the great names of the world — names 
which, whether they have caused nations to tremble with fear 
and suspense, to quiver with awe and admiration, to laugh with 
satisfaction and delight, or to weep with innocent sadness and 
love — there does not appear the cognomen of a single negro ! 
To overlook the ponderous significance of this fact, to gainsay it, 
to wink it or to l)link it, let no unworthy attempt be made. In 
nothing that ennobles mankind has any negro ever distinguished 
himself. For none of the higher walks of life has he ever dis- 
played an aptitude. To deeds of true valor and patriotism he 
has always proved recreant. Over none of the wide domains of 
agriculture, commerce, nor manufactures, has any one of his race 
ever won honorable mention. Within the classic precincts of art, 
literature, and science, he is, and forever will be, utterly un- 
known." — Helper's Nojoqiie, page 300. 

*' Shabbiness and drollery of dress, and awkwardness of gait 
are also notable characteristics of the negro. Faultless garments, 
and well-shaped hats and shoes are things that are never found 
upon his person. Once or twice a year he buys (or begs) a suit 
of second-hand clothing ; but seldom does he wear any article of 
apparel more than two or three weeks before the outer edges of 
the same become ragged ; then unsightly holes and shreds and 


patches follow in quick succession, — and yet the slovenly and 
slipshod tatterdemalion is as contented and mirthful as a merr] - 
making monkey." — Eeljjer's Nojoqiie, j^age 70. 

**Xow come I to a sulDJect of somewhat novel importance, — a 
subject which has occupied my attention for a great while, and 
one for the discussion of which, it is believed, the present is a 
suitable time. I allude to the presence of so many negroes in our 
cities and towns, — places where not one of them should ever be 
permitted to reside at all ; and if I shall succeed, as I hope and be- 
lieve I shall, in presenting such a combination of facts and argu- 
ments as will demonstrate the propriety of removing them all into 
the country (if far and forever beyond the limits of the United States, 
so much the better), I shall regard it as evidence complete that 
these lines have been judiciously penned. It may, I think, be 
safely assumed that, as a general rule, no person ought to be 
admitted as a resident of any city, unless he can readily command 
one of two things, namely, capital or talent. Of these two in- 
dispensable requisites, the negro can command neither the one 
nor the other ; he should, therefore, never be allowed to live in 
any situation, or under any circumstances, within the corporate 
limits of any city or town. 

*' With few exceptions, all sane white persons have sufficient 
tact to render themselves useful in some manner or other, to gain 
an honorable livelihood, and to add something to the general 
stock of human .achievements. If their minds can accomplish 
nothing in the domains of science, their hands may be rewarded 
in the fields of art. If they cannot invent labor-saving machines, 
they can make duplicates of such as have already been invented. 
If they cannot enrich and embellish their country, by building 
factories, stores, warehouses, hotels, and banks, they can always 
fill situations in such establishments with profit to themselves 
and with advantage to others. The negro can do none of these 
things. On the contrary, he is, indeed, a very inferior, dull, 
stupid, good-for-nothing sort of man. Past experience proves 
positively that he is not, and never has been, susceptible of a high 
standard of improvement. His capacities have been fully and 
frequently tested, and have always been found sadly deficient. 

To the neo-lect of a large and meritorious class of our own race, 


we have made numerous experiments in favor of the Avorthless 
negro. "We have earnestly endeavored, time and again, to infuse 
into the brain of the benighted bUick a ray of intellectual light, to 
teach him trades and professions, and to prepare him for the dis- 
charge of higher duties than the common drudgeries of every-day 
life. Thus far, however, all our efforts in his behalf have proved 
abortive ; and so will they continue to prove, so long as he re- 
mains what he always has been, and still is, — a negro. Further 
attempts, on our part, to elevate him to a rank equal to that held 
by the white man, would certainly betray in us an extraordinary 
and unpardonable degree of folly and obtuseness. . . . Ne- 
groes are, in truth, so far inferior to white people, that, for many 
reasons consequent on that inferiority, the two races should never 
inhabit the same community, city, nor state. The good which 
accrues to the black from the privileges of social contact with the 
white is more than counterpoised by the evils which invariably 
overtake the latter when brought into any manner of regular 
fellowship with the former. 

"Whatever determination may be come to with regard to a 
final settlement or disjDosition of the negroes, — whether it be de- 
cided to colonize them in Africa, in Mexico, in Central America, 
in South America, or in one or more of the West India Islands, or 
elsewhere beyond our present limits ; or whether they be permit- 
ted to remain (a while longer) in the United States, — it is to be 
sincerely hoped that there may be no important division of opinion 
as to the expediency of soon removing them all from the cities 
and towns. A city is not, by any means, a suitable place for 
them. They are j^ositively unfit for the performance of in-door 
duties. Sunshine is botli congenial and essential to their natures ; 
and they ought not to be emjDloyed or retained in situations that 
could be so much more advantageously filled by white jDcople. 
One good white person will, as a general rule, do from two to five 
times as much as a negro, and will, in addition, always do it with 
a great deal more care, cleanliness, and thoroughness. A negro 
or a negress, in or about a white man's house, no matter where, 
or in what capacity, is a thing monstrously improper and inde- 

•' B}^ removing all the negroes into the country, our agricultural 
districts would receive a large addition of laborers, and conse- 
quently, the quantity of our staple products — cotton, corn, wheat, 


sugar, rice, and tobacco — would be greatly increased. Crowds 
of enterjDrisiug white people would flock to our cities and towns, 
fill the vacancies occasioned by the egress of the negroes, and 
give a£i-esh and powerful impetus to commerce and manufactures. 
The tides of both domestic and foreign immigration, which have 
been moving westward for so long a period, would also soon be- 
gin to flow southward, and everywhere throughout the whole 
leno-th and breadth of our land new avenues to various branches 
of profitable industry would be opened. 

" Let it not be forgotten, however, that this proposition does 
not contemplate anj pemianent settlement of the negroes, even in 
the agricultural districts of our country. Only a temporary ac- 
commodation of the case is here held in view. Perhaps the best 
thing that we could do just now, would be to take immediate and 
complete possession of Mexico (we shall acquire the whole of North 
America, from Behring's Strait to the Isthmus of Darien, by and 
by), and at once push the negroes — every one of them — 
south of the Eio Grande. On no part, — to say the least, — on no 
part of the territory of the United States, as at present organized, 
should any but the pure white races ever find a permanent 

" Xow comes the last, not the least, reason why I advocate the 
removal of the negroes from the cities and towns. I believe that 
the yellow fever (which is only another name for the African 
fever), and other epidemic diseases, — those terrible scourges 
which have so signally retarded the growth of Southern seaports, 
— have, to a very great degree, been induced by the peculiarly 
obnoxious filth engendered by the black population. Who has 
ever heard of the yellow fever prevailing to an alarming extent 
in any city or state inhabited almost exclusively by white people? 
How fearfulh^ how frequently, does it rage in such despicable, 
negro-cursed communities, as Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, 
Mobile, and New Orleans ! 

" Only from the base colored races is it, as a rule, that we are 
overwhelmed and prostrated by wide-spread contagions and epi- 
demics. Even the cattle-plague, the murrain among the sheep, 
and other fatal distempers to which our domestic animals are 
subject, have almost invariably had their origin in the countries 
which are inhabited by the blacks and the browns, who are them- 
selves ]mt the rjckety-franied and leprous remnants of thoso 


unworthy races of men, v/lio have been uTevocably doonaed to 
destruction. ... It is, indeed, fully and firmly believed that 
the only way to get rid of yellow fever is to get rid of the negroes ; 
and the best way to get rid of the negroes is now the particular 
question which, of all other questions, should most earnestly en- 
gage the undivided attention of the American people." — Helper's 
Nojoque, pages 62-68. 

" When the negro in Africa, in the year 1620, fastening anew 
upon both himself and his posterity the condition of perpetual 
bondage, allowed himself, as a guaranty of his passive and pro- 
digious dastardy, to be brought in chains all the way across the 
Atlantic, — it was then that, for the first time, was reached the 
uttermost depth of human degradation. That the negro had, 
and has, always been a slave, in his own country or elsewhere, 
according to the habitat or journeyings of his master, is well 
known ; but it was only when, as the cringing tool of the meaner 
sort of white men, he came to America, that his obsequiousness 
and pusillanimity began to assume monstrous proportions. Of all 
the miscreants and outcasts who have ever brought irreparable 
disgrace upon mankind, the slave is at once the most despicable 
and the most infamous. To be a slave of the white man, yet, if 
possible, to be a slave exempt from the necessity of labor, has 
always been the ruling ambition of the negro, — not less so now 
than it was four thousand years ago, and not less so then than 
it is now." — Helper's Nojoque, page 193. 

" The negroes, like the poodles and the pointers, will always 
be the dependents and the parasites of white men, just so long 
as white men, unnaturally submitting to a wrongful relation, are 
disposed to tolerate the black men's infamously base and beggarly 
presence. . . . Certain it is that we owe it to ourselves — and 
we ought to be able — to get rid of the negroes soon ; but if they 
are to be retained much longer in the United States (which may 
God, in his great mercy, forbid !) we may as well build immedi- 
ately,' for their relief and correction, in alternate adaptation, a 
row of hospitals and prisons, all the way from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific; and, upon the sarne plan, a range or series of alms- 


houses and penitentiaries the entire distance from Lake Superior 
to the Gulf of IMexico ! 

"All the devil-begotten imps of darkness, whether black or 
brown, w^hether negroes or Indians, whether Mongols or mu- 
lattoes, should at once be dismissed, and that forever, from the 
care, from the sight, and even from the thoughts, of the heaven- 
born w^hites. Wherever seen, or wherever existing, the black and 
bi-colored races are the very personifications of bastardy and beg- 
gary. In America, these races are the most unwieldy occasioners 
of dishonor and weakness ; they are the ill-favored and unwelcome 
instruments of disservice ; they are the ghastly types of effeteness 
and retrogression." — Helper's Nojoque, pages 209-211. 

** When, under the auspices of monarchical institutions ; when, 
to pander to the cupidity of crowned heads ; when, to supply the 
vicious necessities of courtiers and sycophants, a pack of shirtless 
and shiftless negroes were brought from the coast of Africa and 
planted in America, — a pack of black and beggarly barbarians, 
so bestial and so base as to prefer life to liberty, — they, like all 
other foreign felons and outlaws, should at once have been re- 
turned to the places whence they came ; or, to say the least, they 
should have been compelled to depart, with the greatest possible 
despatch, from the land which they had so foully desecrated by 
their odious and infamous presence. 

In the political organizations of mankind, it ought to be an 
axiom of peculiar and universal acceptation, that he who values life 
above liberty is unworthy to have his existence prolonged beyond 
the hour w^hen to-morrow's sun shall set. This right and truthful 
proposition, practically established, would leave the whole earth 
absolutely negi-oless ere the lapse of two supper-times." — ^eZper's 
Nojoque, page 214. 

•' Under the euphemism of * Removal,' the American government 
has already expelled, and rightly expelled, from time to time, more 
than one hundred thousand Indians from the States of the Atlantic 
slope, to the wild lands west of the Mississippi, — these expulsions 
by the government having been independently of the less systemat- 
ic but (in the aggregate) much larger expulsions by unorganized 


communities of the white people themselves. It should also be rec- 
ollected, that all the Indians thus expelled or * removed,' were 
people of indigenous origin, autochthones, by whom the whole of 
America had, from time immemorial, prior to the days of Colum- 
bus, been held in fee-simple. Now, if we may rightfully expel the 
aboriginal owners of America from the old homes and possessions 
which they have enjoyed from a period of time so distant in the far 
past that it is absolutely untraceable, what may we not do with 
the alien and accursed negroes, who, base-minded and barbarous, 
and bound hand and foot with the fetters of slavery, were brought 
hither from the coast of Africa ? " — IIelper''s Nojoque, page 220. 

'* The negro should never, under any circumstances whatever, 
be permitted to reside in greater proximity to white people than 
the distance which separates Cuba from the United States ; if the 
distance could be lengthened to the extent of one thousand miles, 
so much the better ; if, in point of duration, rather than in point 
of space, the distance could be lengthened from now to the end 
of time (supposing such an end possible), better still. 

*' On the premises of no respectable white person ; in the man- 
sion of no honorable private citizen ; in no lawfully convened 
public assembly ; in no rationally moral or religious society ; in no 
decently kept hotel ; in no restaurant worthy of the patronage of 
white peoj^le ; in no reputably established store nor shop, — in no 
place whatever, where any occupant or visitor is of Caucasian 
blood, — should the loathsome presence of any negro or negress 
ever be tolerated." — Helper's Nojoqiie, page 219. 

" To live in juxtaposition with the negro, or to tolerate his pres- 
ence even in the vicinity of white men, is, to say the least, a 
most shameful and disgraceful proceeding, — a proceeding which, 
if persisted in, will, sooner or later, bring down upon all those 
who are guilty of it, the overwhelming vengeance of Heaven. 
By cringing and fawning like a cudgel-deserving dog, by pas- 
sively yielding and submitting like a dumb brute, by mimicking 
and begging like a poll-parrot, the negro has but too generally 
succeeding in foisting himself, as a parasitical slave or servant, 
upon white men ; and has thus, upon all occasions, afforded incon- 


testable proofs of the fact that he is, and ever has been, equally 
with his master, a sheer accomplice in the crime of slavery." — 
Helper'' s Kojoqne, ^;«^e 28-4. 

" It was by no merit nor suggestion of his own, but rather by 
the demerits of both himself and his master, that the negro was 
brought to America. Not by any spirit of commendable enter- 
prise was he induced to immigrate hither. He came under com- 
pulsion ; and under compulsion he must (in the event of the fail- 
ure of gentler adominitions on our part) be prevailed upon to 
emigrate back to Africa, to Mexico, to Central America, to South 
America, or to the islands of the ocean. 

"Ilis coming to the New World was neither voluntary nor 
honorable. It was not for the purpose of bettering his condition 
in life. He sought not an asylum from the oppressions of rank 
and arbitrary power. In unresistingly allowing himself to be 
forced from his family and from his country, without even the 
promise or the prospect of ever being permitted to return, and in 
passively submitting to be taken in chains he knew not whitiier, 
he f)usillanimously yielded to the most abject and disgraceful vas- 

"For his passage across the Atlantic he paid no money, no 
corn, no wine, no oil, nor any other thing whatever. He brought 
with himself no household property, no article of virtu (nor 
principle of virtue), no silver, no gold, nor precious stones. 

" He was hatless, and coatless, and trouserless, and shoeless, and 
shirtless ; in brief, he was utterly resourceless, naked and filthy. 
He came as the basest of criminals, — he came as a slave ; for 
submission to slavery is a crime even more heinous than tiie crime 
of murder ; more odious than the guilt of incest ; more abomi- 
nable than the sin of devil-worship. 

'* With himself he brought no knowledge of agriculture, com- 
merce, nor manufactures ; no ability for the salutary management 
of civil affairs ; no tact for the successful manoeuvring of armies ; 
no aptitude for the right direction of navies ; no acquaintanceship 
with science, literature, nor art ; no skill in the analysis of theo- 
ries; no sentiment stimulative of noble actions; no soul for the 
encouragement of morality. Brin2:ino: with himself nothinir but 
his own black and bastard body, denuded and begrimed, he came 


like a brute ; he was a brute then ; he had always been a brute ; 
he is a brute now ; and there is no more reason for believing that 
he will ever cease to be a brute, than there is for supposing 
that the hound will ever cease to be a dog, — only that the 
black biped, the baser of the two, will be the sooner exter- 

*' Yet this is the fatuous and filthy fellow whom, by certain de- 
graded and very contemptible white persons, we are advised to 
recognize as an equal and as a brother! This is the incorrigible 
and grovelling ignoramus upon whom it is proposed to confer at 
once the privilege of voting, — the right of universal suffrage ! 
This is the loathsome and most execrable wretch (rank-smelling 
and hideous arch-criminal that he is), who has been mentioned as 
one fit to have a voice in the enactment of laws for the govern- 
ment of the American people. 

*' Shall we confer the elective franchise on this base-born and ill- 
bred blackamoor, — this heathenish and skunk-scented idiot? 
No ! Wliy not ? Because he does not know, and cannot know, 
how to vote intelligently. It would therefore, to say the least, be 
an act of gross folly on our part, to extend to the negro the privi- 
lege of doing what the omnipotent God of nature has obviouslj', 
and for all time, denied him the power to do. 

" Those of our half-witted and demagogical legislators who waste 
time in attempting to prove the equality of the negro, and in the 
drafting Of absurd laws for his recognition in good faith as a citi- 
zen of the United States, might, with equal propriety, busy them- 
selves in the ridiculous irrationality of framing codes for allowing 
the gorilla and the chimpanzee to attend common schools, and 
for the baboon and the orang-outang to testify in courts of 
equity ! 

** No man should ever be recognized as a citizen of the United 
States, nor be allowed to participate in any of the rights or privi- 
leges of citizenship, who did not come hither honorably and of 
his own accord, — who did not immigrate to these shores, he or 
his ancestors, free, free from the gyves and chains of slavery. It 
was not of his own choosing, it was not at his own option, it was 
only in a state of the most abject and criminal servitude, — a sort 
of compound felony between himself and his master, — that the 
neo-ro came hither from Africa. Therefore, for these and other 
sudacient reasons, the negro should have no voice, no part, nor lot, 


in any of the public affairs or private concerns of America." — 
Helper'^s Nojoque, imges 215-217. 

" I maintain, without reservation, the following among other 
opinions, — that the human race has not sprung from one pair, but 
from a plurality of centres, that these were created ah initio in 
those parts of the world best adapted to their physical nature ; that 
the epoch of creation was that undefined period of time spoken of 
in the first chapter of Genesis, wherein it is related that God 
formed man, ' male and female created he them ; ' that the deluge 
was a merely local phenomenon ; that it affected but a small part 
of the then existing inhabitants of the earth ; and, finally, that 
these views are consistent with the facts of the case, as well as 
with analogical evidence." — Samuel George Morton. Letter to 
Mr. GUddon, May, 1846. 

*' After twenty years of observation and reflection, during which 
period I have always approached this subject with diflSdence and 
caution ; after investigating for myself the remarkable diversities 
of opinion to which it has given rise, and after weighing the diffi- 
culties that beset it on every side, I can find no satisfactory ex- 
planation of the diverse phenomena that characterize physical 
man, excepting in the doctrine of an original plurality of races." 
Samuel George Morton. Types of Mankind, page 305. 

'* For my own part, if I could believe that the human race had 
its origin in incest, I should think that I had at once got the clue 
to all ungodliness. Two lines of catechism would explain more 
than all the theological discussions since the Christian era. I have 
put it into rhyme : — 

" Question. — Whence came that curse we call primeval sin? 
Answer. — From Adam's children breeding in and in." 

— Samuel George Morton. Types of Mankind, page 409. 


♦* I shall conclude these remarks on this part of the inquiry, by 
olDserving, that no mean has been taken by the Caucasian races 
collectively, because of the very great preponderance of Hindoo, 
Egyptian, and Fellah skulls, over those of the Germanic, Pelasgic, 
and Celtic families. Nor could any just collective comparison be 
instituted between the Caucasian and negro groups in such a 
table as we have presented, unless the small-brained people of 
the latter division were proportionate in number to the Hindoos. 
Egyptians, and Fellahs of the other group. Such a comparison, 
were it practicable, would probably reduce the Caucasian average 
to about eighty-seven cubic inches, and the negro to seventy- 
eight at most, — perhaps even to sevent^^-five ; and thus confirm- 
atively establish the difference of at least nine cubic inches between 
the mean of the two races." — Samuel George Morton. Types of 
mankind, page 321. 

"There are only two alternatives before us at present : — 

"1st. Either mankind originated from a common stock, and 
all the different races with their peculiarities, in their present dis- 
tribution, are to be ascribed to subsequent changes, — an assump- 
tion for which there is no evidence whatever, and which leads at 
once to the admission that the diversity among animals is not an 
original one, nor their distribution determined by a general plan, 
established in the beginning of the creation, — or, 

" 2d. We must acknowledge that the diversity among animals 
is a fact determined by the will of the Creator, and their geograpli- 
ical distribution part of the general plan which unites all organ- 
ized beings into one great organic conception ; whence it foUovvs 
that what are called human races, down to their sj)ecialization as 
nations, are distinct primordial forms of the type of man. 

" The consequences of the first alternative, wiiich is contrary to 
all the modern results of science, run inevitably into the Lamark- 
ian development theor}^ so well known in this country through 
the work entitled * Vestiges of Creation ;' though its premises are 
generally adopted by those who would shrink from the conclusions 
to which they necessarily lead." — Prof. Agassiz. Types of Man^ 
kind, page 75. 


** Do not the instincts of our nature, the social laws of man, all 
over the civilized world, and the laws of God, from Genesis to 
Kevelation, cry aloud against incest? Does not the father shrink 
with horror from the idea of marrying his own child, or from 
seeing the bed of his daughter polluted by her brother ? Do not 
children themselves shudder at the thought? And can it be cred- 
ited that a God of infinite power, wisdom, and foresight, should 
have been driven to the necessity of propagating the human family 
from a single pair, and then have stultified his act by stamping 
incest as a crime ? I do not believe that true religion ever intended 
to teach a common origin for the human race. ' Cain knew his 
wife,' whom he found in a foreign land, when he had no sister to 
marry; and although corruption and sin were not wanting 
among the patriarchs, yet nowhere in Scripture do we see, after 
Adam's sons and daughters, a brother marrying his sister." — 
Josidh Clark Nott. Ti/j^es of Mankind^ page ^08. 

" Much as the success of the infant colony at Liberia is to be 
desired by every true philanthropist, it is with regret that, while 
wishins: well to the nen:roes, we cannot divest our minds of mel- 
ancholy forebodings. Dr. Morton, quoted in another chapter, has 
proved that the negro races possess about nine cubic inches less of 
brain than the Teuton ; and, unless there were really some facts in 
history, something beyond bare hypothesis, to teach us how these 
deficient inches could be artificially added, it would seem that the 
negroes in Africa must remain substantially in that same be- 
nighted state wiierein Nature has placed them, and in which 
they have stood, according to Egyptian monuments, for at least 
five thousand years." — Josiali Clark Nott. Types of Mankind, 
page 189. 

"The negro has never taken one step towards mental develop- 
ment, as we understand it. He has never invented an alphabet, — 
that primal starting-point in mental cultivation, — he has never 
comprehended even the simplest numerals, — in short, has had no 
instruction except that which is verbal and imitated, which the 
child copies from the parents, which is limited to the existing gen- 
eration ; and therefore the present generation are in the same con- 


dition that their progenitors occupied thousands of years ago." — 
Van Evrie's Negroes and Negro Slavery, page 218. 

** The negro mind, in essential respects, is always that of a 
child, — the intelligence, as observed, is more rapidly developed 
in the negro child, — those faculties more immediately connected 
with sensation, perception, and perhaps memory, are more ener- 
getic; but when they reach twelve and fifteen, they diverge ; the 
reflective faculties in the white are now called into action, the real 
Caucasian character now oj^ens, the mental forces fairly evolved, 
while the negro remains stationary, — a perpetual child. The 
negro of forty or fifty has more experience or knowledge, per- 
haps, as the white man of that age has a more extended knowl- 
edge than the man of twenty-five, but the intellectual calibre — the 
actual mental capacity — in the former case is no greater than it 
was at fifteen, when its utmost limits were reached." — Van Evrie's 
Negroes and Negro Slavery, page 219. 

"White husbands and wives, Miien one dies in early life, often 
remain unmarried, faithful to a memory forever ; and still more 
frequently, perhaps, the affections that bound them together in 
their youth remain bright and untarnished in age and to the bor- 
ders of the grave. Such a thing never happened with a negro. 
Not one of the countless millions that have lived upon the earth 
was ever kept from marrying a second time by a sentiment or a 
memory. With their limited moral endowment such a thing is an 
absolute moral impossibility. They live with each other to ex- 
treme old age, because they imitate the superior race, and be- 
cause it has become a habit, perhaps ; but the grand purposes of 
nature accomplished, there is little or nothing more, or of those 
blessed memories of joy and suffering, of early hopes and chast- 
ened sorrow, which so bind and blend together the white husband 
and wife, and often render them quite as necessary to each other's 
happiness as in the flush and vigor of youth." — Van Evrie's Ne- 
groes and Negro Slavery, page 242. 

"It may be confidently asserted that no community can be 


found, who, as an original proposition, are prepared to commit 
their industrial and economical relations into the hands of Afri- 
cans. The acknowledged inferiority of the negro is a sufficient 
guaranty against the suicidal step. . . . Why is it that the 
negro should be preferred to the white man in the occui^ation of 
our territory ? There is no place, state, condition, or relation af- 
fecting the good of society in which the negro is not inferior to 
the white man. In labor, in battle, in knowledge, in council, in 
citizenship, in statesmanship, the white man prevails over the Af- 
rican. If you introduce these people into a new community, as it 
appears to me, for every man whose place is filled by a negro, 
you injure the community in that degree. If these people mingle 
their blood with the white race, the progeny is debased and fallen 
from the white status ; if you hold them in slavery, they are hurt- 
ful to the progress and prosperity of the community ; if you set 
them free, they are not desirable for citizens. . . . There is 
no disguising the fact, that if you legislate to giye the Africans 
place, position, and employment which would otherwise belong to 
white men, you depreciate white men, — you invidiously stigma- 
tize their race." — Samuel T. Glover. St. Louis, July 26, 1860. 

''"We have noticed, with some surprise, what we regard as a 
strange confusion of thought in England, in regard to the feeling 
here about slavery and about the negro. It seems to be taken for 
granted by most European, and even most British, writers upon 
the subject, that opposition to slavery and a liking of the negro, 
or at least a special good-will to him, must go together, and vice 
versa ; and that consequently a war which was accepted rather 
than that the point of the exclusion of slavery from free territory 
should be yielded, and which was prosecuted in a great measure 
for the extinction of slavery where it had been already established, 
must have as its result the elevation of the negro to the political 
and social level of the dominant race, or else that its professed 
anti-slaveiy motive was a mere pretence. No supposition could 
be more erroneous. I tell you frankly that the mass of the people 
here were glad to fight against slavery, but had no intention of fight- 
ing for the negro. They felt that slavery was a great crime, a 
sin against human nature. They wished to purge the republic of 
that wickedness, but they had no particular sympathy with, though 


most of them much compassion for, the race against whom the 
wrong was committed. You in Europe seemed to be thinking 
about the individual negroes ; we, in the mass, thought little or 
nothing of the individual negroes, but much of the barbarous in- 
stitution of slavery." — Richard Grant Wliite. Letter to the Lon- 
don Spectator, 1865. 

**In the last year of the war, a clergyman who had been a pro- 
fessor in the college where I studied, and who is one of those gen- 
tle, firm, wuse men, with large souls, and wide sympathies, who 
can control men, and particularly young men, by mere personal 
influence, so that when the under-graduates were unruly or had a 

grievance, they would give up at once to Dr. for pure love, 

when his colleagues could do nothing, and all the terrors of college 
discipline were laughed to scorn, — this man went to the South on 
a tour of observation, and was placed in authority, as far as slavery 
was concerned, over a considerable reclaimed district by one of our 
most eminent generals. For years before the w\ar he had been 
one of our strongest anti-slavery men, and had by his writings 
done as much as any one person in the country, who was not a 
professed journalist or politician, to bring about the state of pub- 
lic feeling that provoked secession. I met him on his return home, 
and had not talked with him three minutes before he said to me, 

* I come back hating slavery more than ever, but loathing the 
negro with an unutterable loathing. What a curse to have that 
people on our hands ! ' And not long ago, one of the editors of 
one of the leading anti-slavery papers in the countr}^ and one 
which advocates giving suffrage to the freed slaves, said to me, 

* These negroes are doubtless here by a disjoensation of Provi- 
dence, but,' with an earnestness which a whimsical smile could 
not conceal ; ' oh, that the Lord had been pleased to dispense his 
negroes somewhere else ! ' " — Richard Grant White. Letter to the 
London Spectator , I860. 

" There has never been the slightest danger of an insurrection 
of the slaves. The real victim of slavery is the white man. 
Whatever little good there is in the system, the black man has had ; 
while most of the evil has fallen to the white man's share." — 
Farton^s Gen. Butler in Neio Orleans, 2^<^0^ ^9- 


"The United States are young, fresh, and vigorous, abounding 
in wealth, exulting in strength, and eager for action. They come 
of a race, the Anglo-Saxon, seemingly endowed with a deathless 
spring and vitality, — a race which crushed old Rome, when Rome 
oi^pressed the world, — which reared the stupendous structure of 
British enterprise, — which impelled the armies of the Reforma- 
tion, — which planted in the New World the hardiest of its colo- 
nists, — and which now, commanding the citadel as well as the 
outposts of civilization, wields the destinies of all the tribes." — 
Farke Godwin. Political Essays, page 115. 

** The population in America of European extraction has grown 
so large, and the accessions to it by immigration are so vast, that 
we can begin to see that the mission of the negro here is nearly 
completed, and that the limits of his possible expansion may be 
computed. In fifty years, the white races now in the United 
States, and their descendants, will number more than one hun- 
dred millions. While it is impossible to predict exactly the march 
of this great multitude, or to define precisely the regions it will 
occupy, it is easy to see that the negro in North America must be 
pressed into narrow bounds. And it is in North America only 
that he is formidable, because it is here only that his numbers are 
increasins: : the African race in South America and in the West 
Indies being either stationary or declining, except so far as it is 
kept up by the slave-trade, which is reduced now to a single isl- 
and, restrained even there within close limits, and menaced con- 
stantly by that complete extinction which it cannot long escape." 
— Westoii's Progress of Slavery, page 158. 

*• The experiment of Africanizing America has had a long trial, 
of more than three centuries, and has failed at all j^oints and in 
every particular. Of course, it was not expected to bring civili- 
zation and the arts to the New World, and it has failed even to 
populate it. The policy of Africanization ought now to be given 
up ; but whether given up or not, it must soon yield to a nev%^ and 
better order of events." — Weston^ s Progress of Slavery y page 161. 


" Anatomy, physiology, and microscopy concur in proving that 
the negro is of a distinct and inferior sj^ecies to the Caucasian; 
and history confirms the evidence furnished by the investigation 
of the natural philosopher. The unvarying color of the hair, — 
the distinctive mark of all animals incapable of civilization, — as 
well as the peculiarity of its structure ; the volume, shape, and 
weight of the brain, inferior to that of the dominant species, and 
the half-brute-like character of the physiognomy, and general 
formation are evidences not to be disregarded by the careful and 
conscientious philosopher. Neither in ancient nor modern times 
has the negro, even when placed under the most favorable cir- 
cumstances, achieved anything of moment. The steady advance 
of the white species meets with no parallel in the black. The 
"latter has proved itself, when left to itself, to be incapable of prog- 
ress. Even when taught by a superior sj^ecies, it soon retro- 
grades to hopeless barbarism. . . . No man who values him- 
self, who has any regard for sound morality, or who feels any 
desire to see intellectual progress made certain, can join in the 
absurd attempt to raise the negro to his own level. A movement 
for such ends is necessarily impotent, and can only result, at the 
best for the nesfro, in the degiradation of the white." — Thomas 
Dunn Englisli. Letter to John Campbell, Philadelphia^ 1851. 



*• In 1842, 1 published a short essay on Hybridity, the object of 
which was, to show that the white man and the negro were 
distinct species, illustrating my position by numerous facts from 
the natural history of man and that of the lower animals. The 
question, at that time, had not attracted the attention of Dr. Mor- 
ton. Many of my facts and arguments were new, even to him ; 


and drew from the great anatomist a private letter, leading to the 
commencement of a friendly correspondence, to me, at least, most 
agreeable and instructive, and which endured to the close of his 
useful career. 

"In the essay alluded to, and in several which followed it at 
short intervals, I maintained these propositions : — 

*' 1. That mulattoes are the shortest-lived of any class of the 
human race. 

♦* 2. That mulattoes are intermediate in intelligence between the 
blacks and the whites. 

*' 3. That they are less capable of undergoing fatigue and hard- 
ship than either the blacks or whites. 

*' 4. That the mulatto women are peculiarly delicate, and subject 
to a variety of chronic diseases. That they are bad breeders, bad 
nurses, liable to abortions, and that their childi-en generally die 

" 5. That when mulattoes intermarry, they are less prolific than 
when crossed on the parent stocks. 

*' 6. That when a negro man married a white woman, the off- 
spring partook more largely of the negro type than when the re- 
verse connection had effect. 

** 7. That mulattoes like negroes, although unacclimated, enjoy 
extraordinary exemption from yellow-fever, when brought to 
Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, or New Orleans. 

*' Almost fifty years of residence among the white and black races 
spread in nearly equal proportions through South Carolina and 
Alabama, and twenty-five years' incessant professional intercourse 
with both, have satisfied me of the absolute truth of the preceding 
deductions." — Dr, Josiali Clark Nott, Types of Mankind, page 

** It was not until the discovery of a new world that races of 
man of strikingly contrasted qualities came to intermix. In the 
Western world, the intermixture of nations which followed the 
conquests — first of the Romans, and afterwards of the northern na- 
tions — was a union of races of equal quality ; and hence it 
cannot be predicated that either improvement or deterioration was 
the result. Very different was the case in the Eastern world. 
There Greeks, Romans, and Goths intermingled with races 


gi'eatly inferior to themselves, — such as Egyptians and Syrians, 
— and hence the deterioration to wliich, in a great measure, must 
be ascribed that decline in civilization which ended in the down- 
fall of the Roman power. Nature has endowed the various races 
of man with widely different qualities, bodily and mental, much 
in the same way as it has done with several closely allied species 
of the lower animals. When the qualities of different races of 
man are equal, no detriment results from their union. The mon- 
grel French and English are equal to the pure breeds of Germany 
and Scandinavia. When, on the other hand, they are unequal, 
deterioration of the higher race is the inevitable result." — John 
Crawfurd. Anthropological Bevieio^ Vol. I., page 4,0b. 

*' Nature appears to have guarded against the alterations of 
species which might proceed from mixture of breeds, by influenc- 
ing the various species of animals with mutual aversion from each 
other. Hence all the cunning and all the force that man is able 
to exert is necessary to accomplish such unions, even between 
species that have the nearest resemblances. And when the mule- 
breeds, that are thus j^roduced by these forced conjunctions, hap- 
pen to be fruitful, which is seldom the case, this fecundity never 
continues beyond a few generations, and would not probably pro- 
ceed so far, without a continuance of the same cares which ex- 
cited it at first. Thus we never see in a wild state intermediate 
productions between the hare and the rabbit, between the stag 
and the doe, or between the martin and the weasel. But the 
power of man changes this established order, and contrives to 
produce all these intermixtures of which the various species are 
susceptible, but which they would never produce if left to them- 
selves." — Cuvier. Theory of the Earthy page 118. 

" In regard to the sterility of hybrids in successive generations ; 
though Gartner was enabled to rear some hybrids, carefully guid- 
ing them from a cross with either pure parent, for six or seven, 
and in one case for ten generations, yet he asserts positively that 
their fertility never increased, but generally greatly decreased. 
I do not doubt that it is usually the case, and that the fertility often 


suddenly decreases in the first few generations." — Danoui's Origin 
of Species, page 220. 

** I doubt whether any ease of a perfectly fertile hybrid animal 
can be considered as thoroughly well authenticated." — Darwiii's 
Origin of Species, page 223. 

Some one, who signs himself " Ariel," has recently pub- 
lished, in Cincinnati, a pamphlet, in which, with wonderful 
ingenuit}^ of citation and argument, he endeavors to prove, 
even from the Bible itself, that the negro is a mere beast, a 
creature without a soul. If " Ariel's " positions be admitted 
as true, what terrible penalties have been incurred by the 
many very vile and very disreputable individuals who have 
violated the following law : — 

" K a man lie with a beast he shall surely be put to death ; and 
ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, 
and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman and the beast ; 
they shall surely be j)ut to death." — Leviticus XX. 15. 

*' Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind ; thou 
shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed." — Leviticus XIX. 19. 

•' Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds, lest the 
fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown and the fruit of thy vine- 
yard be defiled; thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass 
together." — Deuteronomrj XXII. 9. 

" The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, say- 
ing, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath 
any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. 
For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish he shall not ai> 
proach ; a blind man or a lame, or he that hath aflat nose, or any- 
thing superfluous, or a man that is broken-footed, or broken- 
handed, or crook-backed, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his 


eye, or be scurvy or scabbed, or hath his stones broken ; . . . 
he hath a blemish ; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of 
his God.' " — Leviticus XXL 16. 

** You asked me, in conversation, what constituted a mulatto 
by our law ? and I believe I told you four crossings with the 
whites. I looked afterwards into our law and found it to be in 
these words : * Every person, other than a negro, of whose grand- 
fathers or grandmothers, any one shall have been a negro, shall 
be deemed a mulatto, and so every such person who shall have 
one-fourth part or more of negro blood shall, in like manner, be 
deemed a mulatto.' . . . The case put in the first member of 
this paragraph of the law is exempli gratia. The latter contains 
the true canon, which is, that one-fourth of negro blood, mixed 
with any portion of white, constitutes the mulatto. As the issue 
has one-half of the blood of each parent, and the blood of each of 
these may be made up of a variety of fractional mixtures, the es- 
timate of their compound, in some cases, may be intricate ; it be- 
comes a mathematical problem of the same class with those on 
the mixtures of different liquors or different metals ; as in these, 
therefore, the algebraical notation is the most convenient and in- 
telligible. Let us express the pure blood of the white in the capi- 
tal letters of the printed alphabet, the pure blood of the negro in 
the small letters of the printed alphabet, and any given mixture 
of either, by way of abridgement, in MS. letters. 

** Let the first crossing be of a, pure negro, and A, pure white. 

The unit of blood of the issue being composed of the half of that 

a A 
of each parent, will be — [- — Call it, for abbreviation, h (half 

2 2 


* ' Let the second crossing be of h and B ; the blood of the issue will 

^ B h a 

be — 4- — , or substituting? for — its equivalent, it will be — -H 
2 2 2 4 

A B 

— -j- - ; call it q (quarteroon) , being i negro blood. 
4 2 

" Let the third crossing be of q and C ; their offspring will be 

-H = -4- h-4- -; call this e (eighth), who, having 

22 8842 


less than J of a pure negro blood, — to wit, \ only, — is no 
longer a mulatto, so that a third cross clears the blood. 

*« From these elements, let us examine their compounds. For 

h q a 
example, let Ji and q cohabit ; their issue will be - -|- - = - -f- 

Z ^ ^ 

__i___i -|-_:=z --[-— +-, wherem we find § of a, or 

negro blood. 

he a A 

♦* Let 7i ande cohabit: their issue will be - -] =r--^- -f- 

2 2 4 4 

a A B.c 5^5A,B,c , .5 

__L„J 4-_iz= h— -1 A » wherem — a makes 

16 ^ 16 8 ^ 4 16 ' 16 8 4 16 

still a mulatto. 

"Let q and e cohabit; the half of the blood of each will be 

2^2 8^8^4^16^16^8'4 16' 16 

3"r> f^ O 

_ -J , wherein — of a is no longer a mulatto ; and thus may 

8 4 16 

every compound be noted and summed, the sum of the fractions 
composing the blood of the issue being always equal to unit. It 
is understood in natural history that a fourth cross of one race of 
animals with another gives an issue equivalent for all sensible 
purposes to the original blood. Thus a Merino ram being crossed, 
first with a country ewe, second with his daughter, third with his 
grand-daughter, and fourth with his great-grand-daughter, the last 

1 ^ ^ 
issue is deemed pure Merino, having in fact but — of the country 

blood. Our canon considers two crosses with the pure white, and 
a third with any degree of mixture, however small, as clearing 
the issue of the negro blood." — Jefferson's WorJcs, Vol. VL, page 
436. Letter to Francis C. Gray, March 4, 1815. 

'* Amalgamation in races is more than a revolution in govern- 
ment. It is an attempt to make a fundamental change in the 
laws of nature, and, by blending different species of the human 
race, create a hybrid nation. This will prove to be an impossi- 
bility. The red, white, and black races have mingled very freely 


on this continent, but the hybrids gradually wear out, while the 
old stock preserves its original type. The French, from the in- 
fancy of discovery on this continent, intermarried with the Indian 
tribes. But where is the French tribe of Indians to be found ? 
They made the same experiment with the blacks in St. Domingo, 
and a mongrel race appeared, for a time, of various tints, but it 
is gradually vanishing. So the old Spanish blood that mixed with 
that of the Indians in Spanish America has almost run out, and 
Indians and Spaniards are as incongruous with each other as in 
the beginning, and the fatal result of this attempted amalgama- 
tion is shown in the degradation of both races, and in the insta- 
bility of their governments. If the history of the world, and the 
present aspect of both hemispheres, did not make manifest the 
absurdity of the proposed system of mixing the black and white 
races in the management of a common government, and blending 
the two colors to make a third, or, rather, a piebald people of 
all colors, the repugnance of caste which has grown up in this 
country on the part of the white freeman to the black man, — con- 
trasted by his servile condition, from his first appearance among 
us, as strongly as by his ebony skin and curled hair, — certainly 
shows that nothing short of insanity could hope to reconcile the 
dominant, and, I might say, the domineering race, to such a con- 
junction." — Montgomery Blair. Speech at Concord^ N. H., June 
17, 1863. 

The following item, recently published in the newspapers, 
showing a determination on the part of the people of Cali- 
fornia to prevent, by law, the amalgamation of the white and 
black races, is, it is believed, suggestive of what ought to 
be done immediately by the people of that and every other 
State in the Union : — 

** A bill introduced into the lower House of the California Leg- 
islature on the 30th of January, to prevent the amalgamation of 
different races of men, provides that any white person who shall 
be convicted of marrying or otherwise cohabiting with a negro, 
mulatto, Chinese, or Indian, shall be punished by fine and impris- 
onment, or both ; and that the fact that a person beds, boards. 


cohabits, or intermames with an individual of any of said races, 
shall be prima facit evidence that such a person is not a white 
citizen, and shall subject him to all constitutional disabilities im- 
posed on persons of color." 

It is said that there is not a life-insurance company in all 
the world that will take a risk on the life of any mulatto. 
Why ? Because common sense and common experience alike 
teach that the mulatto is the offspring of a crime against 
nature ; that he is always, even from his earliest infancy^, 
predisposed to disease ; that he seldom recovers when once 
overtaken by severe sickness ; that he usually falls an easy 
victim to epidemics ; and that he is (speaking briefly and 
to the point) a nature-abhorred and short-lived monstrosity ; 
and yet mulattoes and negroes are the sort of creatures with 
whom Radical politicians would populate American States ! 


albinos; white negroes and other creatures of super- 
natural WHITENESS. 

*' I WILL now add a short account of an anomaly of nature, tak- 
ing place sometimes in the race of negroes brought from Africa, 
who, though black themselves, have, in rare instances, white 
children, called albinos. I have known four of these myself, and 
have faithful accounts of three others. The circumstances in 
which all the individuals agree are these : They are of a pallid 
cadaverous white, untinged with red, without any colored spots or 
seams ; their hair of the same kind of white, short, coarse, and 
curled as is that of the negro ; all of them well formed, strong, 
healthy, perfect in then* senses, except that of sight, and born of 


parents who had no mixture of white blood. Three of these al- 
binos were sisters, having two other full sisters, who were black. 
The youngest of the three was killed by liglitning, at twelve years 
of age. The eldest died at about twenty-seven years of age, in 
child-bed, with her second child. The middle one is now alive, in 
health, and has issue, as the eldest had, by a black man, which 
issue was black. They are uncommonly shrewd, quick in their 
apprehensions and in reply. Their eyes are in a perpetual tremu- 
lous vibration, very weak, and much affected by the sun ; but they 
see much better in the night than we do. They are the prop- 
erty of Colonel Skipwith, of Cumberland. The fourth is a negro 
woman, whose parents came from Guinea, and had three other 
children, who were of their own color. She is freckled, and her 
eyesight so weak that she is obliged to wear a bonnet in the sum- 
mer; but it is better in the night than day. She had an albino 
child, by a black man. It died at the age of a few weeks. These 
were the property of Colonel Carter, of Albermarle. A sixth in- 
stance is a woman, the property of a Mr. Butler, near Petersburg. 
She is stout and robust, has issue a daughter, jet-black, by a black 
man. I am not informed as to her eyesight. The seventh in- 
stance is of a male belonging to a Mr. Lee, of Cumberland. His 
eyes are tremulous and weak. lie is tall of stature, and now ad- 
vanced in years. Ho is the only male of the albinos which have 
come within my information. Whatever be the cause of the dis- 
ease in the skin, or in the coloring matter, which produces this 
change, it seems more incident to the female than male sex. To 
these I may add the mention of a negro man within my own 
knowledge, born black, and of black parents ; on whose chin, 
when a boy, a M^iite spot appeared. This continued to increase 
till he became a man, by which time it had extended over his 
chin, lips, one cheek, the under jaw, and neck on that side. It is 
of the albino white, without any mixture of red, and has for sev- 
eral years been stationary. He is robust and healthy, and the 
change of color was not accompanied with any sensible disease 
either general or topical." — Jeffersoii's Works, Vol. VIII. , page 

*' The name albino was originally applied by the Portuguese to 
the white negroes they met with on the coast of Africa. With 


the features of the negro and the peculiar woolly form of the hair, 
the color of the skin was white like pearl, and the hair resembled 
that of the whitest horse. The eye, instead of the jet-black hue, 
which seems given to the inhabitants of the tropics to enable them 
to bear the intense glare of the sun, was like that of the white 
rabbit and ferret, and like this better suited for use in the moon- 
light, and in places sheltered from the light of day. From this 
inability to bear the light, which, however, is said to be much ex- 
aggerated, LinnEeus called the albinos nocturnal men. They 
generally lack the strength of other men ; and a peculiar harsh- 
ness of the skin, such as is noticed in cases of leprosy, would seem 
to indicate that the phenomenon might result from a diseased or- 
ganization. Yet the albinos suffer from no different complaints 
from other persons. As in their physical development, they are 
correspondingly deficient in their mental capacity. In the same 
family several children are sometimes born albinos. They are 
most generally of the male sex. . . . It is not understood to 
what ultimate cause the phenomenon is to be attributed. It is 
observed in all climates, and among all races of men. Indeed, it 
is not limited to man ; for individuals possessing the same pecu- 
liarities are found among a great variety of the warm-blooded 
animals, and, according to Geoffrey St. Hilaire, in fishes and some 
species of molluscous animals as well. Examples are not very 
rare among the feathered tribe, the effect being seen in the color 
of the plumage, as in other animals in that of the hair. The 
white crow and the white blackbird are albinos. Albino mice are 
not very uncommon. Blumenbach notices the feebleness of their 
eyes, and their disposition to avoid the light, by their closing their 
eyelids even in the twilight. The white elephants of India are 
venerated by the natives, who believe them to be animated with 
the souls of their ancient kings. In the human race, perhaps, more 
albinos are to be found among the negroes than among any other 
people; but this may be owing to the peculiarities being with 
them more prominent, and attracting more attention. One of the 
kings of the Ashantees is said to have had particular regard for 
these people, and collected around him about one hundred of 
them. According to Humboldt, albinos are more common among 
nations of dark skin, and inhabiting hot climates. In the copper- 
colored races they are more rare, and still more so among the 
whites." — Neio American Cydopcedia, Vol. J., ^^ar/e 284. 


" Albinos may be found in almost every community in Southern 
Guinea. Everywhere they are regarded as somewhat sacred, and 
their persons are considered inviolable. On no condition what- 
ever would a man strike one of them. Generally they are very 
mild ; and I have never heard of their taking advantage of their 
acknowledged inviolability. In features they are not unlike the 
rest of their race, but their complexion is very nearly a pure 
white, their hair of the ordinary texture, but of a cream color, 
and their eyes are gray, and always in motion." — Wilson^ s Africa, 
page 311. 

"At the mouth of the Brass River, when an albino girl is sacri- 
ficed, the officiator at this ceremony is an old man named Onteroo. 
He has an enormous tuberosity on the back of his head ; but wheth- 
er his divinity is believed to exist in this or not, my informant 
cannot say. Several canoes accompany him and the victim, who, 
it seems, is quite satisfied with her fate, as she is indocti-inated 
with the idea that her future destiny is to be married to a white 
man. As soon as they reach the bar, the canoes are all turned 
with their heads homewards ; the word is given, and the girl is 
thrown into the water, with a weight round her neck to prevent 
her floating, thus obviating the possibility of an escape." — Ten 
Years'' Wanderings among the Ethiopians, by Thomas J. Hutchinson, 

F. B. a. s. 

*' A curious superstition is connected with Parrot Island, and is 
observed with religious punctuality by the natives of Old Kalabar, 
on the occasion of need arising from its performance. Whenever 
a scarcity of European trading ships exists, or is apprehended, 
the Duketown authorities are accustomed to take an albino child 
of their own race, and offer it up as a sacrifice, at Parrot Island, 
to the God of the white man." — Hutchinson'' s Western Africa, 
page 112. 





** The Caucasian race, to which we belong, is distinguished by 
the beauty of the oval formed by his head, varying in complexion 
and the color of the hair. To this variety, the most highly civil- 
ized nations, and those which have generally held all others in 
subjection, are indebted for their origin. . . . The race from 
which we are descended has been called Caucasian, because tra- 
dition and the filiation of nations seem to refer its origin to that 
group of mountains situated between the Casj^ian and Black Seas, 
whence, as from a centre, it has been extended like the radii of a 
circle. Various nations in the vicinity of Caucasus, the Georgians 
and Circassians, are still considered the handsomest on earth." — 
Cuvier''s Animal Kingdom, page 50. 

*' Let us raise ourselves higher still, and pass into the province 
of man himself. . . . The white race is distinguished above 
them all ; the most jDcrfect t3"pe of humanit}" ; the race best en- 
dowed with the gifts of intelligence, and with the profound moral 
and reliofious sentiment that brino^s man near to Him of whom he 
is the earthly image. To this race belong, without exception, all 
the nations of high civilization, the truly historical nations ; tkis 
still represents the highest degree of progress attained by man- 
kind," — Arnold Guyot. Earth and Man, page 228. 

** Let us take the head of a Caucasian. What strikes us imme- 
diately is the regularity of the features, the grace of the lines, the 
perfect harmony of all the figure. The head is oval ; no part is 
too prominent beyond the others ; nothing salient nor angular 
disturbs the softness of the lines that round it. The face is di- 
vided into three equal parts by the line of the eyes and that of the 
mouth. The eyes are large, well cut, not too near the nose nor 
too far from it ; their axis is placed on a single straight line, at 


right angles with the line of the nose. The facial angle is ninety 
degrees. The stature is tall, lithe, well proportioned ; the shoul- 
ders neither too broad nor too narrow. The length of the ex- 
tended arms is equal to the whole height of the body; in one 
word, all the proportions reveal the perfect harmony which is the 
essence of beauty. Such is the type of the white race, — the 
Caucasian, as it has been agreed to call it, —the most pure, the 
most perfect type of humanity." — Arnold Guyot. Earth and 
Man, page 255. 

" Asia has yielded to Europe the sceptre of civilization for two 
thousand years. At the present day, Europe is still unquestion- 
ably the first of the civilizing continents. Nowhere on tlie sur- 
face of our planet has the mind of man risen to a sublimer height ; 
nowhere has man known so well how to subdue nature, and to 
make her the instrument of intelligence. The nations of Europe 
represent not only the highest intellectual growth which the human 
race has attained at any epoch, but they rule already over nearly 
every part of the globe, and are preparing to push their conquests 
further still." — Arnold Guyot. Earth and Man, page 31. 

*• The establishment of European civilization in the New World, 
which has more than doubled the territorial extent of the culti- 
vated nations, prepares an epoch of aggrandizement more rapid 
still. The two Americas, situated between the other four conti- 
nents, seem destined to become, in their turn, a new centre of 
action, or a point of support for the establishment of easy and 
more rapid relations with all the nations of the world, and 
the irresistible logic of facts passing under our eyes compels U3 
to believe that, during the epoch which is preparing, the boun- 
daries of the domain of the civilized world can only be those of 
the globe itself." — Arnold Guyot. Earth and Man, page 328. 

"We belong to the Anglican race, which carries Anglican 
principles and liberty over the globe, because, wherever it 
moves, liberal institutions and a common law full of manly rights 
and instinct with the principle of an expansive life, accompany it." 


We belong to that race whoso obvious task it is, among other 
proud and sacred tasks, to rear and spread civil liberty over vast 
regions in every part of the earth, on continent and isle. We 
belong to that tribe which alone has the word Self-Government." 
— Francis Lieber. Civil Liberty and Self- Government, page 21. 

*• There are many nations and tribes which have already dis- 
appeared from the earth, because they did not resist the power of 
move powerful nations, or were unable to become powerful them- 
selves. We do not grieve over the fall of the Celts, because we 
ourselves destroyed them. We look on with tranquillity as the 
aboriginal people of America decay and pass away, while our own 
race is the sole cause of their destruction." — Burmeister's Black 
Man, page 13. 

"The Negro or African, with his black skin, woolly hair, and 
compressed, elongated skull ; the Mongolian of Eastern Asia and 
America, with his olive complexion, broad and all but beardless 
face, oblique eyes, and square skull ; and the Caucasian of West- 
em Asia and Europe, with his fair skin and face, full brow, and 
rounded skull; such, as every school-boy knows, are the three 
great types or varieties into which naturalists have divided the in- 
habitants of our planet. Accepting this rough initial conception 
of a world peopled everywhere, more or less completely, with 
these three varieties of human beings or their combinations, the 
historian is able, in virtue of it, to announce one important fact at 
the very outset, to wit, that, up to the present moment, the des- 
tinies of the species appear to have been carried forward almost 
exclusively by its Caucasian variety." — North British Review, 
August, 1819. 

♦'We now come to the typical Caucasian family, which em- 
braces the greatest cerebral development in width and depth, 
combined with the highest form of beauty, strength, and power of 
endurance, coupled with a nervous system less swayed by impulse. 
In this group is found tlie most perfect notions of the ideal beauti- 
ful, of relative proportion in art and in literature, of logic and of 



the mathematical sciences in general. ... It is here that 
female beauty is possessed of the highest human loveliness, grace, 
and delicacy ; and the manly character attains the most majestic 
and venerable aspect." — Hamilton Smith's Natural History of the 
Human Species, page 401. 

** The Caucasian form of man combines, above the rest, strength 
of limb with activity of motion, enabling it to endure the great- 
est vicissitudes of temperature in all climates ; to emigrate, colo- 
nize, and multiply in them, with the sole exception of the positive 
extremes. His longevity is more generally protracted, even in 
the midst of the enervating habits of high civilization ; his solid 
fibre gives a reasoned self-possession and daring in vicissitudes, 
arising from the passions, from accident or from the elements 5 
and his reflective powers find expedients to brave danger with 
self-possession and impunity. The moral and intellectual charac- 
ter we find to be in unison with his structure ; the reasoning pow- 
ers outstripping the mere process of comparing sensations, and 
showing, in volition, more elevated thought, more reasoning, jus- 
tice, and humanity ; he alone of all the races of mankind has pro- 
duced examples of free and popular institutions, and his physical 
characteristics have maintained them in social life. By means of 
his logical intellect, he has arrived at ideas requisite for the ac- 
quisition of abstract truths ; resorting to actual experiment, he 
fixed bases whereon to build demonstrable inferences, when the 
positive facts are not otherwise shown ; he invented simple arbi- 
trary characters to represent words and musical sounds ; and a 
few signs, which, nevertheless, denote, in their relative positions, 
all the possible combinations of numbers and quantity ; he has 
measured time and distance, making the sidereal bodies unerring 
guides to mark locality and give nautical direction ; he has ascend- 
ed to the skies, descended into the deep, and mastered the powers 
of lightning. By mechanical researches, the bearded man has as- 
suaged human toil, multiplied the results of industry, and created 
a velocity of locomotion superior to the flight of birds; by his 
chemical discoveries, he has modified bodily pain, and produced 
numberless discoveries useful in medicine, in arts, and manufac- 
tures. He has founded a sound and connected system of the sci- 
ences in general, and acquired a critical literature; while, for 


more than three thousand years, he has been the principal pos- 
sessor of all human knowledge and the asserter of fixed laws. 
He has instituted all the great religious systems in the world, and 
to his stock has been vouchsafed the glory and the conditions of 
revelation. The Caucasian type alone continues in rapid devel- 
opment, covering with nations every congenial latitude, and por- 
tending at no distant era to bear rule in every region, if not by 
physical superiority, at least by that dominion, which religion, 
science, and enterprise confer." — Hamilton Smith's Natural His- 
tory of the Human Species, page 371. 

'* The Saxon or Teutonic man is a lover of liberty. His is the 
only race that does love it, and has been able to acquire and keep 
it. He loves instinctively personal liberty, power over himself, 
freedom from the will of another. He loves also political liberty ; 
that is to say, a share of political power, so that he may consent 
to any control to which he does submit, and form himself a part 
of the government he obevs. To such a man slavery in the ab- 
stract is revolting ; but his love of liberty is, in part, love of 
power. He sympathizes, therefore, with the oppressed, provided 
he be not the oj^pressor, and would gladly break all chains of 
bondage, except those which he imposes. The characteristics of 
the Saxon, his practical ability and faculty for abstract thought; 
his passion for conquest and power, and his love of liberty, truth, 
and justice, whilst they make him a colonizer and a ruler, also 
render his rule beneficent. Churches, charities, law, order, indus- 
try, wealth, arts, and letters, follow his footsteps. . . . The 
Saxon loves power; his is the conquering, colonizing race. 
Wherever he goes, — to India, to China, to Australia, or America, 
— he subdues and governs the 'weaker and lower races." — Fish- 
er'' s Laws of Race, page 16. 

''No delusion has so little foundation as that assumed law of 
climate which would confine the white races to the latitude of the 
free States of this Union. But when it is insisted upon in refer- 
ence to our own country, where the facts which overthrow it are 
familiar to everybody, it is not wonderful that it is kept uj) in 
reference to countries of which we know less. When it is denied 


that the Southern States can be occupied by anybody l3ut negroes, 
two-thirds of their inhabitants being actually whites, and the in- 
crease of the whites being greater than that of the blacks, what 
absurdities may not be maintained?" — Westoii's Progress of 
Slavery, page 159. 

** Humboldt observes that the Caucasian races are distinguished 
by their flexibility of organization in respect to climate ; and of 
this we have a remarkable instance in the French, who have long 
occuj^ied the lower Mississippi and the most northerly of the Can- 
adas, and without any loss of their original vigor in either of those 
widely separated latitudes. The descendants of that race, ex- 
pelled from Acadia, suffered a dispersion equally wide, being 
found in the Carolinas, on the Gulf of Mexico, and on the ui)per 
St. John in the latitude of Quebec. If there are malarious re- 
gions at the South, on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of 
Mexico, they are of limited extent, and, as a whole, the white race 
exhibits as much physical vigor at the South as at the North, and, 
in the opinion of many observers, decidedly more." — Weston^s 
Progress of Slavery, page 160. 

** I believe that the greatness or abjectness of every people is 
due primarily, if not solely, to one cause, — race. Indeed seeing, 
as it appears to me, that the manifestation of the immutable qual- 
ities of race is the one great fact of history ; that the annals of the 
world teach us that the power of race is the one master and pos- 
itive force, the operation of which can be calculated upon as a 
certainty ; that it is the primal law of humanity ; that it is work- 
ing as irresistibly and with action as positive and simple as it 
worked thousands of years ago ; that at this very day it is break- 
ing the bonds of treaties and destroying kingdoms to make nations, 
— to deny its force, or to rate it at less than paramount importance, 
seems to me like calculating eclipses or building houses with like 
disrespect to the force and law of gravitation." — Richard Grant 
Willie. Letter to the London Spectator, 1865. 

'♦Most distinctly do I deny that this country is great only be- 


cause it is ' spacious in the possession of dirt ; ' because, like Rus- 
sia, it is vast, or even because, like France, it is rich and warlike. 
Its real greatness, I believe, with a belief having the clearness of 
conviction and the earnestness of fiiith, has its sole origin in the 
qualities of the race by which the land was settled and reclaimed, 
and by which its government and its society were framed." — 
Richard Grant White. Letter to the London Spectator, 1865. 

** It is the strictly white races that are bearing onward the flam- 
beau of civilization, as displayed in the Germanic families alone." 
— Josiah Clark Kott. Types of Mankind, page 405. 

" History, tradition, monuments, osteological remains, every 
literary record and scientific induction, all show that races have 
occupied substantially the same zones or provinces from time im- 
memorial. Since the discovery of the mariner's compass, mankind 
have been more disturbed in their primitive seats ; and, with the 
increasing facilities of communication by land and sea, it is im- 
possible to predict what changes coming ages may bring forth. 
The Caucasian races, which have always been the representatives 
of civihzation, are those alone that have extended over and colo- 
nized all parts of the globe ; and much of this is the work of the 
last three hundred years. The Creator has implanted in this 
group of races an instinct that, in spite of themselves, drives them 
through all difficulties to carry out their great mission of civilizing 
the earth. It is not reason or philanthropy which urges them on, 
but it is destiny. AYhen we see great divisions of the human fam- 
ily increasing in numbers, spreading in all directions, encroaching 
by degrees upon all other races wherever they can live and pros- 
per, and gradually supplanting inferior types, is it not reasonable 
to conclude that they are fulfilling a law of nature." — Josiah Clark 
Nott. Types of Mankind, page 11. 

'* No two distinctly marked races can dwell together on equal 
terms. Some races, moreover, appear destined to live and pros- 
per for a time, until the destroying race comes which is to exter- 
minate and supplant them. Observe how the aborigines of Amer- 


ica are fading away before the exotic races of Europe. Those 
groups of races heretofore comprehended under the generic term 
Caucasian, have in all ages been the rulers ; and it requires no 
prophetic eye to see that they are destined eventually to conquer 
and hold every foot of the globe where climate does not interpose 
an impenetrable barrier. No philanthropy, no legislation, no 
missionary labors, can change this law ; it is written in man^s na- 
ture by the hand of his Creator.*' — Josiah Clark Nott. Types of 
Mankind, page 79. 

*'When we are free from this plague-spot of slavery, — the 
curse to our industry, our education, our politics, and our relig- 
ion, — we shall increase more rapidly in number, and still more 
abundantly be rich. Tlie South will be as the North, — active, 
intelligent, — Virginia rich as New York, the Carolinas as active 
as Massachusetts. Then by peaceful purchase, the Anglo-Saxon 
may acquire the rest of this North American continent. The 
Spaniards will make nothing of it. Nay, we may honorably go 
further south, and possess the Atlantic and Pacific slopes of the 
Northern continent, extending the area of freedom at every step. 
We may carry thither the Anglo-Saxon vigor and enterprise, the 
old love of liberty, the love also of law ; the best institutions of 
the present age, — ecclesiastical, political, social, domestic. Then 
what a nation we shall one day become ! America, the mother of 
a thousand Anglo-Saxon States, tropical and temperate, on both 
sides of the equator, may behold the Mississippi and the Amazon 
uniting their waters, the drainage of two vast continents, in the 
Mediterranean of the Western World ; may count her children at 
last by hundreds of millions, — and among them all behold no 
tyrant and no slave ! " — Theodore Parker. Speech at New York, 
May 12, 1854. 

**The Caucasian differs from all other races; he is humane, he 
is civilized, and progresses. He conquers with his head as well 
as with his hand. It is intellect, after all, that conquers, — not 
the streno;th of a man's arm. The Caucasian has been often mas- 
ter of the other races, — never their slave. He has carried his 
religion to other races, but never taken theirs. In history all re- 


ligions are of Caucasian origin. All the great limited forms of 
monarchies are Caucasian. Republics are Caucasian. All the 
great sciences are of Caucasian origin ; all inventions are Cauca- 
sian ; literature and romance come of the same stock ; all the great 
poets are of Caucasian origin ; Moses, Luther, Jesus Christ, Zo- 
roaster, Buddha, Pythagoras, were Caucasian. No other race can 
bring up to memory such celebrated names as the Caucasian race. 
The Chinese philosopher, Confucius, is an exception to the rule. 
To the Caucasian race belong the Arabian, Persian, Hebrew, Egyp- 
tian ; and all the European nations are descendants of the Cau- 
casian race." — Theodore Parker. Quoted in Types of Mankind, 
page 462. 

*• If the ancestors of the present three millions of slaves had 
never been brought here, — if their descendants had never been 
propagated here, for the supposed value of their services, their 
pla,ces would have been supplied by white laborers, by men of 
the Caucasian race, — by freemen. Instead of the three millions 
slaves, of all colors, we should doubtless now have at least three 
million white, free-born citizens, adding to the real prosperity of 
the country, and to the power of the republic. If the South had 
not had slaves to do their work for them, they would have become 
ingenious and inventive, like the North, and would have enlisted 
the vast forces of nature in their service, — wind and fire and 
water and steam and lightning, the mighty energies of gravita- 
tion and the subtle forces of chemistry." — Horace Mann. House 
of Representatives, February 23, 1849. 

*' It has been said that whosoever would see the Eastern world 
before it turns into a Western world must make his visit soon, be- 
cause steamboats and omnibuses, commerce, and all the arts of 
Europe, are extending themselves from Egypt to Suez, from Suez 
to the Indian Seas, and from the Indian Seas all over the explored 
reo-ions of the still farther East. ... I onlv can see that on 
this continent all is to be Anglo-American from Pymouth Rock to 
Pacific Sea, from the North Pole to California. That is certain; 
and in the Eastern world, I only see that you can hardly place a 
finger on the map of the world and be an inch from an English 


settlement. If there be anything in the supremacy of races, the 
experiment now in progress will develop it. If there be any 
truth in the idea that those who issued from the great Caucasian 
fountain, and spread over Europe, are to react on India and on 
Asia, and to act on the whole Western world, it may not be for us, 
nor our children, nor our grandchildren to see it, but it will be 
for our descendants of some generation to see the extent of that 
progress and dominion of the favored races. For myself, I be- 
lieve there is no limit fit to be assigned to it by the human mind, 
because I find at work everywhere, on both sides of the Atlantic, 
under various forms and degrees of restriction on the one hand, 
and under various degrees of motive and stimulus on the other 
hand, in these branches of a common race, the great principle of 
the freedom of human thought, and the respectability of individual 
character." — Webster'' s Works, Vol. //.,^a^e214. 




Author of" The Impending Crisis of the South." 

AsHEViLLE, North Carolina, November 11, 1867. 

To the Editors of the National Intelligencer : 

In the accompanying communication, addressed *'To the Good 
People of the Old Free States," it is not at all unlikely that I have 
said some things to which both you and many of your readers may 
take exception. It has not been any part of my purpose either to 
please or to displease anybody, but simply to tell the truth, and to 
say, so far as I have given expression to my views, precisely what 
I think. If, in your opinion, the publication of the article w^ould 
promote, even in part only, the object at which I have aimed, — 
namely, the imparting to the pul)lic mind of the North a more 
accurate and adequate knowledge of the actual and prospective 
condition of things at the South, under the black and blio'hting 
sway of Radicalism, — you may, if you please, publish it in the 
columns of the " Intelligencer. ""^ Deeply impressed with the impor- 
tance, at all times, of earnest and honest appeals to men's reason, 
rather than to their passions or their prejudices, I have purposely 
delayed writing what I have here written until after the partial 
sul)sidence of the general excitement and confusion which have 
but so recently attended the great elections in many of the whiter 
and (therefore) better parts of our common country. 

H. R. H. 

To fJie Good People of the Old Free States .• 

Mi^re than ten years ago, as many of you will recollect, I, a Carolinian, made a 
special appeal to vour enlightened and patriotic judgments in behalf of a large 
majority of the white people of the Southern States, — tlie non-slaveholdu g whites, 
— who.'wliether thev knew it or not, were greatly oppressed and impoverished by 
the nnlortunate exi^tence among us of negroes and negro shivery. Tlie generous 
hearing wliich vou then accorded to me inspires me with contidence that you are 
again prepared'to listen to anv protest, or complaint, or other statement from me, 
that lias for its basis truth and justice. Thus surmising, I respectfully request tliat 
you will favor me with vour attention while I explain, or while I endeavor to 
explain, that the great mass of the poor whites here, in whose behalf I have 
especially and persistently written, are still enthralled; and that, within the last 
few years, the condition of their thraldom has been so aggravated, that it is now 
in constant process of becoming worse and worse, with the further and appalhug 
danger, under Radical misrule, of being rendered unparalleled and perpetual. _ 

Before entering directly into this subject, however, permit me to indulge in a 
few general but pertinent reflections. Although chiefly for the sake of the whites, 



yet it was not alone for their sakes that I was, and am, and always will be, hostile 
tc» slavery. I believed, many years since, as I believe now, that there is in slavery 
itself, and more especially in negro slavery, a moral and social guilt of no less 
revolting magnitude than the political blunders which are also a part of its base 
oflspring. I believed then, and I believed rigiitly, I think, that the negroes ought 
to be freed, and then speedily colonized somewhere beyond the present limits of 
the United .states. I do not believe, and never did believe, that the two races — 
the white and the black — widely and irreconcilably different as they are in their 
natures, ought ever to inhabit the same country. Living in close association, 
living together beneath tlie same roof, living in juxtaposition within the acknowl- 
edged limits of any hamlet, village, town, or city, or even within the boundaries 
of any farm or plantation, as they did live under the system of slavery, and as they 
still live nnderthe condition of freedom, is, as I solemnly believe (particularly as 
it affects the whites), a gross shame, a shocking indecency, and a glaring crime. 
I believe that the whole negro race is a weak and worthless race, an eifete and 
time-worn race, which, like the Indian race, is no longer fit, if ever tit foi' any 
useful trust or tenantcy in this world; and I believe, fiirtlier, that it is the will oif 
Heaven that all these people, and many others of similar color and character, 
sliould at once be put in position to be let alone; and that, if duly colonized, 
properly provided for, and then prudently and suitably let alone. Providence will 
soon cut them off, root and branch, and thus happily rid tlie earth of at least the 
bulk of the superannuated and inutile organisms Avhich so unpropitiously encumber 
it in the current epoch. 

While one of tlie inevitable effects of enduring any manner of association or 
relation between the two races is the partial elevation of the blacks, the other is 
only the too positive and irremediable degradation of the whites. The influence 
of the white on the black is always for good to the black at the expense of the 
white; the influence of the black on the white is always bad for the white; and 
the wliite is again, and invariably, tlie victim. In anything and in everything 
•wherein the wliite people of tlie .South are worse than tlie people of the Nortli,and 
in whatever mental, moral, or material interest we of tiie 8outh are less advanced 
than you of the North, the delinquencies or thedeflciencies, as the case may be, are 
alone attributable to theprolitless and pernicious presence of the negroes among us. 

In quality of i)0})ulation, the great difference Ix^tween the Nortli and the .South 
is simply this : while we here are cursed with the black imps of Africa, you there 
are blessed with the white genii of Europe. Wliat I would do to bring the South 
up to an honorable and ever-friendly equality with the North (and what must be 
done sooner or later, or the object thus aimed at will never be accomplished), is to 
prepare the wav, on the one hand, for the egress of all our imps of darkness and 
of death, and, on the other hand, to open wide the way for the ingress of your 
superabundant genii of life and of light. I contend, tlich, that, in order to insure 
the true safety and success of the South, in order to maintain, in peri)etuity, the 
integrity of our national Union, and in order to guarantee uninterrupted peace and 
prospcritv thronirhout tlie greater and better j^art of this vast continent, we must, 
with' as little delav as possible, colonize t'le negroes in Mexico, or elsewhere out 
of our own country ; or, as a last but temixirary method of relief from their baneful 
existence among us, we must remove them all, much the same as we have hitherto 
removed certain tribes of Indians, into one or more of the South-bordering States 
or Territories of the United States. 

The necessity for the removal and colonization of the negroes was as plain to me 
ten years ago as it is to-day; but I foresaw then, and I see now, that there could 
be no general nor effectual demand raised for the displacement of the blacks on 
the one hand, and for the tilling up of the South by white people from the North 
and from Europe on the other, until after slavery, tlie great nursery and stronghold 
of negroes, should flrst be abolished. Equally did I foresee then, and I perceive 
now, that, in a state of freedom and self-dependence, one of two fatal dilemmas 
would certainly befall the negro; but neither of which dilempias was ever likely 
to befall him so long as he had the benelit of guides and protectors in the persons 
of a few unfortunate white men, his masters, who, however, as is well known, 
guided and protected him as an easy and questionable method of procuring their 
own bread and butter; and this, too, thougii not always wilfully, to the serious, if 
not irreparable, detriment of the great majority of their own while fellow-citizens. 
To me it was plain then, and it is plain now, that if the negro, in a condition of 
political equalitv, is left here, he will, from the fated and complicated causes of 
neglect and hostility on the part of the whites, gradually die out and disappear; 
but this not without entailing on the whites a multiplicity of long-lasting injuries 
and calamities meanwhile. If colonized, whether within or without the United 
Stares, and after a fair but final amount of advice and assistance, put entirely upon 
Ms own resources, — as, indeed, it is but right and proper that he should have been 

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put long ago, — his doom, it is also plain, would be equally inevitable : it would only 
be, as I conscientiously believe, anotlier use of the whites as instruments to 
modify, or to seemingly modify, the indestructible plan of Providence for extermi- 
naling the negro. 

I admit, and, at the same time, insist upon it, that men, everywhere and at all 
times, should be exceedingly careful how they attemi)t to interpret any will or 
purpose of Heaven. Further, 1 will say that I do not believe that any mere man, 
like any one of you, or like myself, ever did, or ever will, truly interpret or explain 
the exact purpose of God in reference to anything whatsoever, except only and 
possibly through conjecture. It is true, that in years gone by the " >i"ew York 
Tribune " and several other gazettes of less ability and weight, seriously proclaimed 
me a prophet; but I deny the soft impeachment, and respectfully protest against 
that sort of infringement and libel on the preeminent prerogatives of the ancient 
Hebrews. Tiie exercise of common sense is the only prophecy with which 1 have 
ever yet been gifted ; and beyond that, in matters of seership, 1 never expect to be 
gifted. In this respect, any and every other rational white man may be, and ought 
to be, equally gifted ; if not so gifted, it is because he is a mere idler ; and if so, he 
is, for that reason, highly reprehensible for not improving and disciplining the 
mind of whatever bent or capacity which a mighty and merciful God has been 
pleased to create within him. If, then, we may seek to comprehend and interpret 
the will of God touching any one or more of the several races of mankind, I hesi- 
tate not to say that, in my humble judgment, the efforts which the Radical and 
other blind and fanatical friends of the negro are now making for his retention 
and equality among us are directly in conflict with the Divine purpo.^e, and are, 
therefore, fragrantly wrong and impiously wicked. To what end, or for what pur- 
pose, was the great Columbus and his white-faced and Heaven-guided successors 
in maritime discovery safely wafted to this western world but to redeem it from 
the fruitless occupancy ancf from the wild and weird desecration of the savage 
Indian ? AVhy was Moses and his compatriots and kinsman, in their bloody ag- 
gressions against the Canaanites, not only permitted, but encouraged, and com- 
manded, to •• leave alive none that breatheth,"if it were not tliat Jehovah had 
ceased to have a use for those who had already accomplisht d the ends for which 
they liad been created ? If we see, or if we think we see, a purpose on the part ot 
the Deity to cut olf all the Canaanites ot old, on the one hand, and all tlie Indian 
tribes of the three great Americas and their adjacent islands of modern times, on 
the other, it is, I contend, quite as easy for us to perceive His desire and purpose 
to use us, whether we be willing or not, as his swift avengers against the negroes, 
both in America and in Africa, — tirst here and then there ; for even before we get 
America filled up with the white races, we shall need Africa as a new continent 
for the enterprise and habitation of the redundant populations of Europe and of 
other portions of tiie white world; and then the negroes, and all the other black 
and bicolored weaklings, whether in Africa or elsewhere, must stand aside, or be 
laid low, and give undisputed and permanent place to their white superiors. In 
this way, and in this way only, can this great worlil of ours ever be made a world 
given to the worship of the one only living and true God ; and in no other way 
may we ever reasonably expect to lind the mountains and the valleys, the hill-tops 
and the dales, the ghides and the glens, auspiciously dotted over with schools and 
with colleges, with libraries and with churches, with galleries and with museums. 

But from tliis cursory reference to the Avorld at large, both as to its realities 
and its possibilities, let us come back for a little while to North Carolina, and to the 
other .Southern States. And just here I want to show how, under a very criminal 
public policy of the past, and under a most atrocious public policy of the present, 
a large majority of tiie white people of the >outh have been, and are still, treated 
with less consideration, with less favor, and with less justice, than if they were 
negroes. In other words, astounding as the statement may appear, it is neverthe 
less true — demonstrably true — that tiie negroes here, very many of them at least, 
have hitherto been ailorded opportunities, for both an education and for an 
easy and comfortable livelihood, far superior to the opportunities which were gen- 
erally enjoyed by the poorer classes of white people I A full and just understand- 
ing of this crueland flagitious discrimination in favor of the blacks as against tlu 
whites, in favor of the incompetent as against the competent, in favor of the vile 
as against the virtuous, should make the blood of every decent and respectable 
white man, between Maine and Texas, and between Florida and Oregon, literally 
boil with indignation; and there sliould be no cessation of the quick and forcible 
ebullition of his vital fluid, until, to say the least, the worthy whites of the South 
are at last allowed a fair and equal chance with the unworthy blacks. But it ia 
just this fair and equal chance which the slaveholders, in the time of slavery, al- 
ways denied to the great majority of Southern whites ; and it is precisely thi9 
fair and equal chance which is now meanly and treacherously, and with increased 



hardsliips, denied them now by tliose wanton and reckless dcmajifognos who con- 
stitute II usurpatory and tyiaiuiical nuijority of the present Conj^ress. 

Let mo exphiin: As is well known, wliile slavery existed in the South tlu're 
was no respectahility of la])or. Kvery sort of actual work with the hands, wlietiier 
upon one's own account or in the way of hel]) or assistance to otlars, was always 
looked upon as menial and degrading. Negroes, as slaves and as servants, were 
employed everywhere, not only out t)f doors, but also within doors. Indecent, 
disgraceful, and criminal as it was in reality, this universal ride or custom of 
♦' having negroes around " was both fasiiiomible and aristo(;ratic. There were 
never any vacancies or situations for poor white people; ar.d yet the nund)er of 
these, in the South generally, was always much greater than the nund)er of tlie ne- 
groes. ,Tust look at iti dust think of it I Tlie mass of the white ])opulation of tiie 
Soutli ahsolutely debarred Irom tlie pecuniary profits and other advantages of em- 
ployment, and forced into the distant purlieus of povertv and ignorance I Thebase- 
oorn and incajiahle blacks, by the force of a vulgar public oiiinion, placed above the 
meritoiious AvhitesI Yet it was not at all because of any inherent power or good 
quality in tin; negroes that tlie poor whites were tlius crowded away from the 
manv desirable einplovinents and places to whicli t!iey alone should have been 
heartily welcomed. Tlie fault of tlie tidng, up to the close of the war, is traceable 
directly to the slaveholders themselves, who. in the short-sighted aiul vicious pol- 
icy which they pursued, made every other interest in tlie country, both great and 
small, subordinate and subservient to tlie negroes and negro slavery. Since the 
war, the blame, in a grossly aggravated and unexpected form, rests e.xcluslvely 
with tlie Kadical party. The slaveholders are now beginning to see and lament 
the folly and bliiKlness and bigotry of their unseemly devotion to the worthless 
negroes. For the sakeoft lie country, let us sinct'rely hope and jiray that the Itadicals 
may soon give evidence of similar iierceptiou, and also of true sorrow for their very 
numerous, very black, and very grievous ^lolitical sins. Never did Ibahmins, Ma- 
lioinmedans, or Christians, sacrifice their country, their property, their friiiids, their 
familv, or themselves, with more fidelity to their CJod, than the slaveholders here 
have Vacriticed everything whicli they held dear on earth, in order to jireserve alive 
and unscathed the iH'gro, — the very blackest and basest wretcli that ever lived. 
Was .such black and abominable idolever so besottedly worshi|)ped before { Them- 
selves, their sons, their near and distant relatives, theirneiglibors, and their coun- 
trymen, all of their own kith and kin and color, the slaveholders cheerfully gave 
to the battle and to death; but the negro, the meanest and most degrjided of man- 
kind, was keiitalive, and is still among us, a nuisance, a leper, and a jilague. 

'June and sjiace both fail here of a suitable opportunity for entering into idl the 
sad and sliockiiig niinutiie of the cruelly unjust luoscription of the Southern jioor 
whites, who, by the common exigencies of their nature, and as tiic mere ontskirt 
tenants of tlu^ ricli hiiidcd jiroprietors, were compelled to seek such an incidental 
and nncertain liveliliood as they could jirocure by hunting and fishing, and by such 
occasional jobs, here and tlu're, as they could beg, too often only as a sort of spec- 
ial favor from one or more of their wealthier and better-hearted neiglibors. Kven 
n slight knowledge of tlie facts, however, and ujion these facts a little sagacious 
reflection will enable you to jierceive at once the numerous opportunities, both for 
education and for i)hysical comforts, which were, as a matter of course, given to 
the negroes, but which, at the same time, and eipially as a matter of course, were 
withheld from the whites. For netirly two hundred and fifty years, the negroes 
here, as waiters in hotels, and in the families of the most learned and refined, as 
barbers and as body-servants to ijrofessional men, pleasure-seekers and others, 
have had the constant benefit of hearing the intelligent conversation of their mas- 
ters and mistresses, ami also of listening to the interesting and instructive stories 
of well-informed visitors and cosmopolitan strangers, lietained in great numbers 
in the cities and towns (just where not one of tliem ought ever to have been, and 
just where not one of them ought ever to be), they always had free and undisputed 
admission to the. public Tueetings in the court-houses and in the town halls, and 
also to tlie religious meetings held in the c!nir(;hesand elsewlu're. As a class, tliey 
alone, of all the \wov people in the South, had access, at all times, in the families 
of the ricli and refined, to books, magazines, and newspapers. On the other hand, 
the i)oor whites, Ireati'd as outcasts, merely because tln-y did not own slaves, en- 
j()\ed none of tlie opportunities which were llius so easily within tlie reach of tlie 
nt'groes, whether for the enlargement and cultivation of the mind, or f(,r the 
health and comfort of tlie body; and, what is worse, — ay, what, indeed, is very 
much worse, — the condition of things in this respect is still unchanged. Hordes 
of hungry, sliiftless, and worthless blacks, who, relying, as of old, on their impor- 
tunate tiiid resistless art of begging, to stijiply themselves, among other things, 
with all the threadbiire and bad-fitting ganiients of their white superiors, are 
everywhere ollering their services for the merest nominal wages ; and the old mas- 


ters and employers, accustomed only to such wretched and barharoua assistance 
as can h(^ f^ot. iVoin negro sla\('s and iicirro ser\aMts,are vet uiuler llic spell of 
t^able witch and .-able wizard, and, with rare txccptions, hiive as yet learned lit- 
tle or nothin}? of either the advantage or the duty, tin; decency or the resiu'ciabil- 
ity, of employing and having aboii^ them none but white persons. In this way tiie 
negro, a ju'sterer of detestable character and color, continues to be bauel'ully in- 
terposed between the two great wiute elements in the .Si)uth, where, like a slug- 
gish, yet meandering woodworm, he is all tlie while gnawing deeper and deeper 
into the vitals of tirst one side and then the other. Of the two classes of wiutes 
•who are tlms iiu-essantly preyed upon and despoiled by the blacks, the j)ooriT 
Avliites are invariably the greater victims; for against tliese are arrayed the. low 
prejudice and the liostile influences of not oidy all the negroes, but (siuinu'f'ul and 
shocking to relate) of many of the wealthier whites also. This is whatconu's of 
that unnatural and execrai)le bond of sympathy and sellishness which has so long 
existed, and which still exists, between the negro owni-rs, or those who were but 
latelvso, and the negroes themselves; and now, to this double and distressing op- 

{ position, against which the poor whites of the South have for so long a time barely 
leen able to offer even a feeble resistance, is added a third power, far nnire crafty, 
and far nu)re potent for nuschief than either of the others. This third powiT-— 
whether it seems to be so or not, or wbetlier it was intended to be so or not, it is 
BO, nevertheless — this third power, in alliance with the negroes and the ex-slave- 
holders, to utterly crush out and ruin forever the poor whites of the South, is the 
whole Kadical l)arty, but more especially that very unscrupidous and de.-perate 
embodiment of it now justly described anil detested as the rump Congress. Un- 
der the wrongfully discrindnating, negro-favt)ring enactments of this unconstitu- 
tional ami unprin"cii)led Congress, not only are white enugranis from liie North 
and from Euroj)e now condng hither in less munbers tliau they came under the(>ld 
condition of things, but nniny of the whites who are already iu're are every day be- 
coming more and nu)re anxious to abandon their homes and eudgrat*' to distant 
and foreign lamls, rather than renniin the victims of that terribh^ thraldom of 
negro supremacy, which a most mean and malignant assemblage of heartless Rad- 
icals are now fa.>^teuing upon them. 

Alnu)st every day, for several moidhs past, — ever since 1 last returned to the 
State, — have I seen whole fanulies, and sometinu's two or three together, leaving 
North Carolimi, some going in the direction of Illinois, some travelling toward 
Indiana, and olliers, of the more able and venturesome sort, bound for llra/iland 
elsewhere, far beyond the utmost linnts of their own native soil. While thus, 
under the oppressive- and tyrannical operations of {{adical nulilary despotisms, our 
own native white people are robbed of their natural freedom, and forced to flee to 
foreign lands, European enngrants and emigrants from the North are restrained 
almost entirely from coming to the South ! And thus swiftly and infamously arc 
the narrow-minded and revengeful Kadicals converting all the States of the South 
into one vast Hayti, or Jamaica, or Mexico, — driving from tlu; country the white 
people, who are, whether her(> or elsewhere, the only worthy and saving elements 
of i)oi)ula1ion, and .surrendering it completely to tiie pollution, devastation, and 
ruin of stupid and beast-like honUvs (d" black barbarians. 

Of the extreme i*overty and distress of numy of the poor whites who are now 
emigrating from the State, and of a still larger nund)er who, rather tlian sidjnnt 
to the further danger and disgrace of IJadical-negro and negro-Uadical donnnation, 
are anxious to leave, but are destitute even of the scanty nuMus necessary to lake 
them away, I have scarcely the heart to speak. To enter adecpiately into details 
or particulars upon this subject in a mere newspaper article, is <|uite out of the 
question, and so 1 will only remark here, in a general way, but with all theemjihasis 
of earnestness and truth, that I do not believe any people in any part of America 
were ever subjected to such unjust and oppressive straits, such miserable and 
wretched shifts, as the poorer classes of the white peojde of North (^arolina, and of 
the South generally, are now having to struggle against ; and all this mainly in con- 
sequence of the blundering and unconsfilutional enactments, the uustatesmanlikc 
and infamous legislation of that oligarchy of sectional demagogues known as the 
rumi> Congress. 

Within the last few weeks especially, many white families have T seen leaving 
the State, all on foot, and barefooted at that , api)arently possessed of no «-lothing, 
except the two or three soiled and tattered garnuuts which they were wearing at 
the time, and carrying in a small bumlle on their backs <'very article of j)roi)('rty, 
of whatever nature or kind, of which they could claim the ownership. One fam- 
ily of eight persons, whom I nu't on the road, particidarly attracted my attention; 
and my heart, from an involuntary feeling of commiseration, almost bled when 
I became a witness of their dire destitution and wretchedness, i'liis family wa.s 
composed of the father, mother, grandmother, and five children, the eldest child 



being not more than twelve years of age. Except the youngest child, which was 
in its mother's arms, all were travelling on foot, and all were barefooted, with the 
single exception of the father, who had on very old and rudely patched brogans. 
A single outer dress, of the commonest and cheapest stuff, and that much worn, 
and bv no means clean, with a dingy-looking sun-bonnet, appeared to be the only 
article of clothing of which any one of the females was possessed. The head of 
the family had no coat; and as for the boys, uncombed, ragged, and ignorant, they 
had, indeed, in a truly serious and melancholy sense, almost literally " nothing to 
wear." Coarse straw hats, common shirts,' and very common pantaloons, all 
badly worn, were the only things they had as shields from the weather; and these 
shabby vestments seemed to constitute the sum total of their personal eflects. la 
aFmail cotton-clotii wallet, which was swung across the shoulders of the father, 
and which he evidently carried without its causing him any particular burden or 
inconvenience, were deposited the only movables, the only goods and chattels 
the only household gods of this poor, this uneducated, this politically oppressed 
and unfortunate family. Xor is this an exaggerated picture. Were it but a soli- 
tary case, or but one of few, the condition of things would not be so bad : but, 
sad to reflect, it is only one of many, and the number is increasing. Whether 
fleeing from oppression (this time not so much the oppression by ex-slaveholders, 
as the oppression bv Radicals and negroes), or whether remaining at home under 
the galling yoke of tyranny, the whole South is now full of just such victims as 
the family just mentioned. And these victims, for the most part, as poor as poor 
can be, and as ignorant and miserable as possible, are principally of the former 
class of poor whites, for the utter crushing out and destruction of whom there is 
now in force a most foul and formidable triple alliance of Radicals, ex-slave- 
holders, and negroes; but, as already intimated, the least harm tliat is felt from 
this alliance comes from the ex-slaveholders, who, for the first time in their lives, 
are only now beginning to accept in practice the correctness of their ancient and 
all-the-while preaching, that wliite people are better than negroes. In behalf of 
these and sorely oppressed poor whites, and for the means not merely to 
enable them to withstand, but eventually to overcome, th.e threefold and inicjuitous 
opposition thus arrayed against them, I, here and now, with all due deference and 
respect, appeal to Go'd and to the good people of the North, 

Scarcely anywhere can one travel in the South, at the present time, without 
meeting, on every hand, especially among the poor whites, —and there are few 
now who are not poor, — numerous cases of actual want, sickness, sutfering, and 
despair; and were it not that I fear to tax too severely your patience, I should 
feel it my duty to give a somewhat full and minute account of several of them. 
As it is, however, 1 will onlv advert to two or three cases in addition to the one 
already mentioned. In JIarion, the county seat of McDowell county, in this State, 
adjoining the county in which I am now writing, and where I now reside, it was 
ascertained a short while since that unless the pressing necessities of a large 
number of the poor white people could soon be relieved, there was great danger 
that many of them, during the ensuing winter, would sutler intensely, if not die 
outright, of cold and hunger. In their behalf, an appeal was made to a lew 
wealthy gentlemen of Baltimore, who nobly responded in the form of a liberal 
contribution of monev. There were and are in that county, as, indeed, in every 
other countv, district/and parish throughout the South, a great many poor widows 
and orphans, whose husbands and fathers were conscripted and killed during the 
late war, and who now, without lands, without houses, — except here and there a 
dilapidated log-cabin, — and without employment, are in a manner naked, re- 
sourceless, and starved. In view of the w'retchedly ill-clad condition of these 
poor widows and orphans, it was thought best to spend the money, which, as 
already explained, had been generously contributed in Baltimore, for cotton 
thread, such as is used for the weaving of plain cloth, and to distribute a bunch of 
that, so far as it would go, to each fatherless family. Mr. Alfred Krwin, a kind- 
hearted and very estimable citizen of that county, a lawyer by profession, was ap- 
pointed to make the distribution. As soon as it became known that Mr. Erwin 
had received this thread, to be given awav at his discretion to the persons indi- 
cated, his office was literally besieged, until very soon there was not a single bunch 
left, and then it was truly touching to witness the profound disappointment and 
grief, amounting almost to despair, of the numerous careworn and indigent 
mothers who were still unprovided for, some of whom had come twelve or fifteen 
miles over the rough mountain roads, on foot, barefooted, and with scarcely 
clothes enough upon themselves to cover, in the usual way, their own persons. 
The sight, I sav,the sight of these very poor widowed mothers having to return 
home emptv-handed, but heavv-hearted, as I myself saw many of them returning, 
to ricketv, cold, comfortless log cabins, in a manner destitute not only of furni- 
ture and' bedding, but also of almost every other thing, except a troop of half- 



starved, half-clad, and helpless children, was, indeed, a spectacle too sorrowful to 
behold with any ordinary emotion. 

During the earlv part of last month I was in Columbia, South Carolina. There 
also did I see agaiu, as I had frequently seen before, hoAv poor white persons are 
treated as the inferiors of negroes, and how to the latter are given places of in-door 
ease and profit, which should In all cases, without exception, be given only totiio 
former. At ditlerent times, while walking about the city (or rather the ruins of a 
city, for, as is well known, it was almost entirely destroyed by lire during the 
brief occupation of Sherman's army, — a piece of warfare about as brave and 
defensible as that of Semmes, who burned unarmed merchant ships at sea), — 
several white women and girls, who were so emaciated by a long and distressful 
period of hunger, little short of actual starvation, that some of them were re- 
duced to mere skin and bone, meL me in the street, and, with tears and laments, 
besought me for a little money to buy bread ! Of one of them, who was evidently 
but an indifferent sliadow of her former self, I asked a few questions. She was 
but fifteen vears of age. Her father Avas forced into tlie war, and was killed. The 
house in which she and her mother lived, and everything in it, burned to 
ashes during the great conflagration. Almost immediately afterward her mother, 
yielding to excess of grief and despondency, became very sick, and soon died in a 
paroxvsm of despair and delirium'; and slie, the daughter, an only child, was left 
in the world without means, without friends, and witliout employment. My heart 
sickened under the plaiutiveness, the childlike simplicitv, and tiie obvious truth- 
fulness of her statement ; and, regrettingthat I Ivad not the ability to place in her 
attenuated and leather-like hands dollars instead of dimes, I returned to tlie 
Kickerson House, where I had stopped, and there I looked hither and thither 
through hall, parlor, dining-room, side apartments, and elsewhere, to see wliether 
it was possible for me to obtain a glimpse of even one white servant, old or young, 
male or female; but I looked in vain. Again I passed into the street, and from 
one street into another, examining and ascertaining, as far I could perceive, 
whether white servants were employed in or about any of the private houses ; but, 
alas ! not one could be seen. Yet, on the right hand and on the left, as stumbling- 
blocks in front, and as drones and sluggards behind, I saw multitudes of sleek, 
stupid, foul-smelling, filthy, greasy, and grinning negroes, who, as the curse-inflict- 
ing pets, alike of infatuated and folly-governed ex-slaveholders and Radicals, 
were lazily occupying places which would have been inflnitely better occupied by 
whites, and which, by the great laws that indicate the common justice and decency 
of things, should have been occupied by wliites alone. 

As is well known to many intelligent and worthy persons all over the country, 
this is not the first time that I have made an appeal for justice for the poor and 
oppressed whites of the South. Ten years ago, I made a similar appeal in my 
anti-slavery and anti-negro book, entitled " The Impending Crisis of the South." 
Four months ago I reiterated that appeal in my anti-negro and anti-slavery book, 
entitled " Nojoque." And yet there are certain scribblers and babblers of non- 
sense, — mere penny-a-liners, who criticise books without reading them, — who 
feign obliviousness of these facts, and who aflect to find disagreements and antag- 
onisms between the two publications here named. I complain of this charge 
siniplv and solely because it is not true. In such perfect accord, upon all points, 
are "The Impending Crisis of the South" and " Nojoque," that, but for the dif- 
ference in time of writing and printing, the two books might have been fitly bound 
together, in which case the contents of both would have lormed but a single Avork, 
— two volumes in one, — the whole, as a whole, and in all its parts, constituting a 
carefully constructed engine of literary warfare against negroes and negro slavery. 
The prominent and important fact that " The impending Crisis of the ^^outh " was 
written in the interest of the white people of the Southern States, and was an 
appeal to the whites alone, and not an appeal to the negroes, to the extent of any 
page, paragraph, sentence, line, or word, was distinctly admitted, and elaborately 
dwelt upon and denounced by many of the pro-slavery politicians who, though iu 
the wrong, were noted for their sagacity and eloquence immediately before the 
war; such politicians, for instance, as Pryor of Virginia, Hindman of Arkansas, 
and Clark of Missouri. The fact Avas also freely admitted, and repeatedly in- 
veighed against with great severity by such negro-loving abolitionists (but other- 
wise able and excellent men) as George B. Cheever, William Goodell, and Wen- 
dell Phillips. Some years ago it was the boast of certain distinguished and patri- 
otic Kepublicans, — Kepublicans who have since, Lucifer-like, fallen from the 
white heights of Republicanism into the black depths of Hadicalism, — that no 
honest-minded man could calmly and attentively peruse my " Impending Crisis of 
the South " without learning to abhor slavery. "^Vere it not tiiat these same men, 
having ceased to be Republicans, have taken upon themselves the despicable 
character of Radicals, they, even they themselves, would readily perceive and 


acknowledge that every sane person who familiarizes himself with the contents 
of " Nojoque " must, by the irresistible force of the facts and logical inferences 
therein recorded, learn to love white people as so infinitely the superiors of negroes 
us to burn with a deep and unquenchable desire to save the former from any and 
all manner of cjntamination by the latter; and, therefore, to demand, with un- 
abating energy and lirmness, as affecting the two races, an absolute, total, and 
eternal separation. • 

Because of its gross excesses, its shortcomings, and its corruptions, the first 
and most important tiling necessary to be done, in order to remedy existing evils, 
is to utterly break down and destroy the whole IJadical party, — a party whicli, in its 
monstrous afiiliation with negroes, is bringing utter abjectness and ruin upon at 
least ten .States of the Union, and disgracing and crippling all tlie others. Here, 
in the Southern .States, tlie Kadical influence, wiiich is just as black and bad as it 
can be, coupled, not in name, but in reality, with the old slavehokUng influence, 
keeps the negro unnaturally and dissentiously interlarded between the two great 
white elements of the .South, thus preventing here, among the eiglit millions of 
people who alone are good for anything, that unity of sentiment and purpose, and 
tluit liarrnony of plan and action, without which it is impossible for us ever to 
attain anything like permanent peace, prosperity, or greatness. Indeed, under 
the actual military despotisms whicli an unrepublican and malignant Radical 
Congress have foisted upon us, and under the atrocious Radical threats of un- 
limited confiscation and perpetual disfranchisement, leading us to fear tliat a still 
more oppressive and galling yoke is held in reserve for us, there is already an 
almost total suspension of all public and private works; men have no heart to do 
anything, their hopes and their energies have been crushed; their dwellings, 
their out-houses, and their fences are, in most cases, in u state ot dilapidation; 
their institutions of learning, their churclies, and their public buildings of all 
kinds — such as were not actually burned to ashes during the war, having been 
greatly misused and abused — arc going to decay; and in many places, where at 
least ordinary instructors and schools are still to be found, the ciiiklren, if not of 
necessity required to remain at home and work, are too frequently so destitute 
of clotliing that their parents are ashamed to let them go beyond the narrow 
limits of tlieir own mournfully foreboding and gloomy observation. Jlany of the 
public roads and bridges, and not a few of tlie fords and ferry-boats, have been so 
long out of repair tiiat they have become absolutely dangerous; and, unless, in the 
good Providence of God, the desolating and destructive rule of Radicalism can 
soon be checked and averted, tiiose who travel here extensively, wlietiier by 
steam-power or by horse-power, will do so at the imminent peril of tlieir lives. 

Especially among the negroes here crime and lawlessness of every sort are now 
far more rife than ever before ; while, in many cases, under the vicious protection 
aflbrded tliem by the Radical negro bureau, before whose Dogberry agents the 
presence and the testimony of as good white men as ever lived are but too often 
treated with contempt, they (the delinquent negroes) are never jiunished at all; 
or, if punished, punished only in the mildest possible manner. I have known in- 
stances where white men, coming to a knowledge of crimes committed by negroes, 
— those very whites themselves being the victims, — would endure the wrong, and 
pass the whole matter by in silence, and without action, rather than subject them- 
selves to the insult, expense, and loss of time which they well knew they would 
be but too likely to incur by making complaint, whether at the negro bureau, or 
at anyone of those other bureaus of military despotism, which have been so unne- 
cessarily and so wickedly inflicted upon us by the Radical Congress. Everywhere 
throughout the .South, the increasing demoralization of the negroes is now, 
indeed, sadly seen and sadly felt. Nor would it be an easy matter to make up a 
full and complete indictment against them of all their high crimes and misde- 
meanors. In every district or community of a considerable size, on the right hand 
and on the left, they are almost constantly committing brutal murder and high- 
Avay robbery ; breaking into dwellings and warehouses ; depredating on orchards, 
fields of grain, and granaries; appropriating to their own use other people's cattle, 
pigs, and poultry ; stealing everything that they can lay their hands upon ; outrag- 
ing pure and innocent white girls ; and not uuifrequently, in a spirit of the most 
savage wantonness and revenge, setting on fire and utterly destroying the houses 
and other property of their white neighbors. Terrorism reigns supreme among 
the white females of every family, and sleep is banished. 

Not far from here, I was, a few weeks ago, in a small town, where there were 
just eight stores, every one of which had, at different times, been broken into and 
robbed. Either at the actual time respectively of each robbery, or afterward, it 
was fully ascertained and proven, that six of these stores had been forcibly and 
feloniously entered by negroes, and the otTier two by persons unknown. All of 
them had been entered since the establishment oi' the Radical negro bureau. 


Prior to that time, no store in that town liarl ever teen entered by hur^i^lars. 
These fiicts, well considered, must lead to the most solemn and profound convic- 
tion, in the breast of every right-thinking man, tliat the negroes, strongly fortified 
in tlie morbid and misplaced sympathy of the Radicals, are feeling themselves at 
comparative liberty to commit, with ' impunity, every species of outrage and 

Broken-hearted over the disastrous realities of the present, and dimly peering 
into the dark and uncertain future, all the white people here, of whatever condi- 
tion in life, are dejected and sorrowful to an extent tliat I never before witnessed. 
Sometimes it has seemed to me that I could discern something holy, something 
SDcred, in the deep and troubled sadness of those about me; as if, indeed, God, in 
his great mercy, had come to dwell in their hearts, and to protect them from 
further outrage'. I would that this were so. Among men whose hearts are not 
entirely callous to every consideration of justice and humanity, there should 
always' prevail a sentinient keenly alive to the suggestion, that there should be 
both' a measure and a limitation of punishment. Yet, strange to sav, more 
strange to say of white men, and still more strange to say of white men in this 
nineteenth century, tlie Radicals, as represented in the Radical Congress, seem to 
be actuated by no such sentiment as this. For the crimes which were committed 
by only a few dozen actual traitors (the more prominent and guilty of whom 
oiight, in my opinion, to have been hanged more than two years ago), they are 
inflicting all manner of severe penalties and ptmishments "on eight millions of 
people ! They complain, and justly, of the cruel treatment and death of some 
thousands of Union soldiers in Libby Prison, at Salisbury, and at Andersonville; 
but, by laws more tyrannical and barbarous than were ever before enacted by any 
civilized legislature, they are deliberately crushing out the spirit and the life of 
millions of innocent men, women, and children 1 In the vain effort to exculpate 
themselves, they vauntingly proclaim to the world that tlieir measures of military 
reconstruction were enacted in great part, if not principally, for the protection 
and for the beneflt of Union men in the South. I tell them' that the true Union 
men of the South (the white Union men, and except these there were none, and 
are none worthy of the name) detest, with a detestation unutterable, the entire 
batch of their disgraceful and ruinous military measures of reconstruction. With 
few exceptions, the white Union men of the South feel that they have been most 
foully and shamefully betrayed and dishonored; and we reject, with immeasurable 
scorn and indignation, the imputation that we have any sympathies or purposes 
in common ^vith base-minded and degenerate partisans, who, like the Radicals, 
are abandoned to every high principle of honor and right reason. We were, and 
are still. Republicans; not black Republicans, but white Republicans. Radicals 
we never were, nor can we be. It is, then, the Republican party, in the persons 
of factious and fanatical multitudes of Radical demagogues, that has left us, and 
not we who have left the Republican party. And I here tell these Radicals, and I 
tell them with emphasis and distinctness, not as a threat, but as a warning, that, 
in any future conflict of arms (which, however, may God and good men avert !) be- 
tween the friends and enemies of the Constitution^ and of the Government of the 
United States as constitutionally organized, the better class of Union white men 
of the South would be precisely where they were before, — they would be with the 
right, but not with the Radicals. 

But why do I speak of a warlike contingency of this sort as being now evea 
within th'e bounds of possibility ? I will tell you. That the whole country. North 
and South, East and West, is not now in a state of general good order, peace and 
prosperity, is alone due to the unwise and unjust legislation of the Radical Con- 
gress. A large majority of that Congress are now evincing, or have but recently 
evinced, a disposition to prosecute, even to still greater lengths, if possible, their 
former schemes of revenge, despotism, and ruin. As a mere party measure, rank 
with wantonness and usurpation, they now threaten to impeach' and remove a 
President who, though ;it times somewhat stubborn and imprudent, has always 
been rigidly faithful in the performance of his constitutional duties, inflexibly 
honest, thorouglily patriotic, and eminently solicitous to promote, in all proper 
ways, the public good. An intelligent and distinguislied merchant of Boston, 
with whom, on a certain occasion, I dined in New York, a i^w months ago, 
remarked to me, that in his opinion the present or a future Bancroft, in detailing 
to posterity the true history of the administration of Andrew Johnson, would 
find in him the best president, Abraham Lincoln alone excepted, that we have 
had in America, thus far, since the days of John Quincy Adams. That was the 
honest opinion of a highly-educated, "high-minded, and most worthy merchant 
of the city of Boston. Let the whole crowd of noisy radicals, who, not unlike a 
pack of poodles snarling and snapping at the heels of an elephant, are incessantly 
annoying and defaming one who is, in every good quality, vastly the superior of 




themselves, reflect whether the positive opinion thus expressed was not tolerably 
well founded. Another gentleman (and tliis brings me to the very gist of what I 
wish to say in reference to future tigljting, and to beg that the radicals will give no 
occasion for it), a New Yorker, who occupies an important judicial position, declared 
to me, in June last, that in case of the attempt of the Radical Congress to remove 
the President in any manner, or for any cause not explicitly prescribed in the 
Constitution, — mind you, he did not even mention the name of Andrew Johnson, 
he only spoke of "the President," — he, for one, would take up arms to resist 
the usurpation, and he believed the people would generally do the same thing. 
He further remarked that in such an event the war would be one merely for the 
preservation of republican and democratic Institutions, and that it would pre- 
vail only at the North, unless the South, by her own volition, should come to 
be a party to It. Now, it may be that there are certain men in the South 
who would be more or less rejoiced at the outbreak of a war of that sort, but if 
so, I most sincerely hope and trust that they may never be gratilied ; nor will they 
be, unless it be through the folly and the crime of the Kadical party. The white 
Union men of the South are not only Southerners, they are also Americans, and 
they wish well to the whole country ; indeed, so extensive are their good will 
and aspirations in this regard, tliat they hope the day will soon come, or come 
some time, wlien the entire continent of North America, from tlie Atlantic to 
the Pacitic, and from Behring's Straits to the Isthmus of Darien, shall be found 
to be too small to represent in full on the maps the peaceful, prosperous, and 
progressive superficies and boundaries of our national domain. We believe that 
Andrew Johnson has made, and Is still making, in the person of himself, a truly 
able and patriotic President of these United States ; and we believe further, without 
advocating his election or re-election, that he would make, for the ensuing Presi- 
dential term, a better President than any one of the gentlemen whose names the 
Radicals have yet mentioned in connection with that high office ; and this simply 
because they have not mentioned the names of such clear-sighted and worthy 
Republican statesmen as Seward, Adams, Fessenden, Sherman, McCulloch, Doo- 
little, Browning, Welles, Raymond, and Randall; *nor the names of any of those 
tried and trusty Democratic statesmen to wiiom, in magnanimous and praise- 
worthy coalition with the Republicans, we may yet have to look for the safe pilot- 
ing of the ship of State over the many rough shoals and breakers among which 
the Radicals have so negligently and so culpably allowed her to drift. 

We, the white Union men of the South, — and all the white men here, two or 
three dozen arch-traitors excepted, would soon become firm and faithful friends 
of the Union, if they were only afforded a just and reasonable opportunity to be- 
come so, — are very <lesirous that all the Southern States shall at once be prudently 
and properly rehabilitated; we want them to resume, without delay, their right- 
ful status in the nation; we want them acknowledged and treated, in all re- 
spects, as free and equal States, with enlightened and republican constitutions of 
government, similar to those of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio; we want 
them to retain, in the amplest possible sense, both the semblance and the reality 
of white States, and so avoid the utter disgrace and wortlilessness of becoming 
black States; and we insist upon it, that the infamous dogmas and teachings ot 
the Radicals, who are so pertinaciously striving to reduce the white races of our 
country to the low level of negrohood, ought to be everywhere refused and rejected 
with the utmost disdain. We insist upon it, that the abolition of slavery among 
us ought to leave the negro occupying in the South precisely the same status that 
the abolition of slavery among you left him occupying in the North. We insist 
upon it, that, because of his natural inferiority, his despicable characteristics, his 
gross stupidity, and his brutishness, he ought not to be allowed either to vote or 
to hold oliice, "nor to fill or perform any other high function which appertains, and, 
of right, should always appertain exclusively, to the worthy and well-qualified 
white citizens of our country. [Speaking here only for myself, as an individual, I 
may say, with absolute sincerity and truth, that however much others may itch for 
office, there is no position of honor, trust, or profit, within the gift of any number 
of the American people, or any number of any other people, that I would accept, 
unless it came to me through white votes alone. And while this is strictly true. It 
is very certain, also, that, however unregenerate I may be in other respects, — and 
it would seem that, according to the opinion of some,' I am a rather sinful sort of 
man, — yet I feel happy in the perfect assurance that I shall never go down to the 
grave nor elsewhere, with the black crime resting upon my soul of having, in any 
contingency, or under any possible or conceivable circumstances, ever voted for a 
negro.] We insist upon "it that the enfranchisement of the negroes, and the dis- 
franchisement of the whites, whereby the supremacy of the negroes has already 
been established, or is about to be established in almost every Southern State, is a 
consummate outrage, au unmitigated despotism, an unparalleled ialamy, and an 


atrocious crime. We insist upon it that our Federal government and o>ir State 
governments are, as they ought to be, republican in form, and that the military 
authorities ought, at all times, except only in cases of actual war, in tlie future as 
iu tlie past, to be held subordinate to the civil authoritie';. We further insist upon 
it, that the whole drift of radical legislation, for the last eighteen months and more, 
has been, and still is, unstatesmanlike, unropublican, vindictive, and despotic, — 
perilous to all the principles of enlightened self-government, and alarmingly de- 
grading and inimical to the white civilization aud progress of the entire iS'ew 
World. , ,, , 

It is absurd and useless for the Radicals, while tacitly admitting the black and 
baneful excesses of their legislation, to tell us, in the pitiful attempt to excuse 
their own gross ignorance and folly, that the numerical preponderance of the 
whites in the South will save them from the corrupting and demoralizing influ- 
ences of the negroes. As well might they tell us that a pound, or a less quantity, 
of strychnine would do no harm in a barrel of flour; that an ounceof arsenic would 
accomplish no mischief in a peck of meal; that a phial of prussic acid could eiJect 
no injury in a pitcher of water; or that one idiot, feverish and frantic with conta- 
gion, might not communicate the effluvium of fatal iafection to a score or more of 
sane men. We insist upon it that it is pre-eminently our duty to be just and kind 
to our own race, aud that the poor and distressed of the white race are those who, 
here, there, and evervwhere, have the highest claims upon us, whether for ser- 
vice, for food, for clothing, for education, or for wiuUevcr other thing; and also, 
that if, in being but just to our own race, the negroes or others are the sufferers, 
that, under the inscmtable purposes of Providence, is simply their misfortune, and 
should alwavs be so considered. Further, and finally, we insist upon it, that the 
good results' which the loyal and intelligent masses of the country had a right to 
expect would soon follow the abolition of slavery and the suppression of the re- 
bellion, shall neither be defeated nor indefinitely delayed ; and we protest that the 
disingenuousness and treachery of the Itadicals since the war, seriously tlireateu 
to neutralize all the wise and patriotic labors which the Republicans so heroically 
and so gloriously performed both before and during the war. We ask for the 
immeditite repeal of all military laws which are antagonistic to the spirit and form 
of republican government, and, especially, for the speedy repeal of all such politi- 
cal and mercenary monstrosities as the negro bureau bill. We also ask that the 
expenses of the army and navy may be reduced at least one-half, and that the 
burdens of taxation, which now weigh so heavily upon white people, may at once 
be lightened. 

With an eye and a purpose to these ends, we ask that every Radical Senator and 
Representative in Congress, and every other Radical officer in the land, whether 
national, State, county, or municipal, who is, or has been, an aider and abettor of 
that nsurpatory and tvrannical oligarchy, euphemized as t!ie American Congress, 
shall, one and all, at the very next elections in which their names may be brought 
before the people, be wholly and summarily withdrawn from official life, and that 
new and better men — men posstssed of good common-sense — men controlled 
by sentiments of justice for white people, no less than by sentiments of justice for 
black people — men sufficiently free from sectional bias — men of enlarged and 
statesmanlike views — shall be elected in their stead. Let this be done, and all 
will be well. Let it be made manifest, and let it be proclaimed abroad, throughout 
the entire length aud breadth of the land, that what the short-sighted and fanati- 
cal Radicals are aiming at as a mere possible good to four millions ot blacks, is 
a positive disservice and evil to eight millions of whites. We want, and w^e will 
have, no re-establishment of slavery. It is safe to say that there are not to-day, in 
the whole State of North Carolina, two hundred men, of good standing or infiu- 
ence, who would, if they could, have slavery re-established. Indeed, 1 doubt 
■whether there are live thousand white men, in all the South, who would now, or 
at anv future time, be so unwise, so rash, and so reckless, as to undo tiie acts of 
emancipation, even if they had the power. The only persons here who, in any 
considerable number, would be willing to incur the odium and the infamy of voting 
for a return to the svstem of slavery, are negroes themselves, whose instincts tell 
them, that if really put upon their own resources in communities of white men, 
and in no manner propped up or sustained at the expense and degradation of a 
greater or less number of whites, whether by servitude, under an oligarchy of 
slaveholders, on the one hand, or bv negro bureaus, under an oligarchy of Radicals, 
on the other, thev will graduallv tall behind in the career of life, fail to multiply 
the inferior race"to which thev' belong, die out, and become fossilized. While, 
therefore, we are firm in the wish aud purpose not to have any more slavery in the 
South, we are equally firm in the desire and determination to get rid of the negroes 
if we can, —not by taking from them one drop of blood, — not by hurting a single 
fibre of liair (or wool) upon their heads, but by colonization, in or out of Mexico; 


and in this effort, which will be in perfect harmony with that wisdom and patriot- 
ism, which, through the mighty energies and enterprises of white men, liave 
brought imperishable greatness and glory to tlie North, we most earnestly and 
trustingly solicit your fraternal co-operation. And then, having at last imitated tlie 
good example which you have held prominently before us for more than half a cen- 
tury, but which, in our excessive folly and stubbornness, we have until now rejected; 
having filled our States, as you have tilled your States, with white people, and not 
with such intolerable human rubbish as negroes, Indians, and mulattoes, then we 
mean to fight you again ; not with steam-rams, cannon, muskets, bayonets, swords, 
nor sabres ; riot with any of the sanguinary and sorrowfuJ weapons of death, 
but with all the pleasing and ennobling agencies of life. Then, for the first time 
since you wisely abolished slavery and negroes, and we fooWshly retained them, 
will it be possible for our States of the South to begin to be equal with your States 
of the North. And then, as we all advance onward in the grand march ot improve- 
ment, — and we want tens and hundreds of thousands of you to come among us, 
and be with us and of us, and, at the same time, to aid us, by sound counsel and 
otherwise, in the varied and arduous duties and responsibilities which are now 
devolving upon us, — we shall begin to challenge you in good earnest; not to the 
battle-field, but to courteous emulation and rivalry in all of the noble arts and re- 
finements, ay, and also occasionally in some of the more innocent and manly 
games and sports, of peace and civilization. 




ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, January 22, 1868. 

To the Editors of tM Xational IntelUgcncer: — 

Once more I beg leave to reiterate the fact, and, at the same time, by an appeal 
to tlie record, to otfer evidences of the fact (in reply to sundry ill-founded accusa- 
tions to the contrarv), that my views, of however little importance they may be, 
touching the negro,"have never undergone any change whatever. I have declared 

" Noioque.'" It has been said, by many persons of loose habits of utterance, both 

is 'iimply untrue. And now for the proofs of my declaration. Turn to the dedica- 
tion page of " The Impending Crisis" (and in order that you may be enabled to 
do so conveniently, I herewith transmit a copy to your address), and you will there 
find that the book is conspicuously dedicated — to whom? Not to the negroes, 
mark you, nor to their masters, but " To the Non-Slaveholding Wiiitks of 
THE South." Does not this dedication of itself show plainly to every candid 
mind the Caucasian drift of the whole work? 

Nov,', turn to the preface and see what I have said there. From the second 
paragraph, I quote as follows : — ^ ^ ^ .^ . 

" In writing this book, it has been no part of my purpose to cast unmerited 
opprobrium upon slaveholders, nor to display any special friendliness or sympathy 
for the blacks. I have considered my subject more particularly with reference to 
its economic aspects as regards the whites, not with reference, except in a very 
slight degree, to its humanitarian or religious aspects." _ ., ^ ,. ^. 

Without going into the body of the book, these quotations from the dedication 
and the preface, ought, it seems to me, to be quite sufficient ; but, it you \\m 
grant me the space, I will bring forward three or four additional extracts. On 
page 145, I said: — „ . , ■■ t-. t 

''AH mankind may or may not be the descendants of Adam and Eve. In our 
own humble way of thinking, we are frank to confess, we do not beheve m the 
unity of the races." 

On page 85, I said : — , , ^ /. ^ j 

"Confined to the orginal States in which it existed, the system of enforced 
servitude would soon have been disposed of by legislative enactments, and long 
before the present dav, by a gradual process that could have shocked no interest 
and alarmed no prejudice, we would have rid ourselves not only ot Atrican slav- 
erv, which is an abomination and a curse, but also of the negroes themselves, 
who, in our judgment, whether viewed in relation to their actual characteristics 
and coudition, or through the strong antipathies of the whites, are, to say the Jeast, 
an undesirable population." , . ^ . „ „ „4.-..^i„ 

On page 143, the country, at the time I wrote, having been in a comparatively 
wealthy and uncrippled condition, I advocated the raising of a large sum : — 

" One-half of which sum would be amply suflicieut to land every negro in this 
country on the coast of Liberia, whither, if we had the power, we would ship 
them all within the next six months." 



Pursuing this idea of colonization, I said, on page 144 : — 

" Let us charter all the ocean steamers, packets, and clipper ships that can be 
had on liberal terms, and keep them constantly plying between the ports of Amer- 
ica and Africa, until all the slaves who are here held in bondage shall enjoy free- 
dom in the land of their fathers. Under a well-devised and properly conducted 
system of operations, only a few years would be required to redeem the United 
States from the monstrous curse of negro slavery." 

Dozens of similar extracts might be given ; but I will neither trespass on my 
own time by transcribing them, nor on yours by asking you to publish them. It 
was my intention that my " Impending Crisis" should be an earnest anti-slavery 
appeal to the great majority of the white people of the South, and not, in any 
sense, nor to any extent, an appeal to the negro ; and I challenge any one to 
quote from the book a single page, paragraph, sentence, line, or word, that, when 
critically examined and fairly interpreted, will justify the assumption that I ever 
regarded the negro otherwise than as a very inferior and almost worthless sort of 
man, not to be kept in slavery, increased, and retained among us, but to be freed, 
colonized, justly and liberally provided for, and then put wholly upon his own 
resources, and left to himself. 

My opposition to slavery (and, if possible, I am more opposed to it now than I 
was ten years ago) looked to the ultimate whitening up of all the Southern States, 
and not to the spreading, nor to the continuance of that foul blackness and discol- 
oration of them which then existed, which still exists, and which the radical party 
are now viciously and criminally endeavoring to perpetuate. No worker in wood 
ever grooved a plank with more set purpose to introduce therein the tongue or the 
dovetail of another plank, than I wrote the " Impending Crisis " with the fixed 
determination, if spared, to follow the same, in due time, with " yojoque^ The 
abolition of slavery was only a necessary step, a sine qua non, toward the accom- 
plishment of a still nobler work, which, despite the formidable opposition encoun- 
tered through the baseness, the treason, and the tyranny of a usurpatory Congress, 
is now in rapid process of consummation. A fiew years more, and the United 
States of America, if not the whole of America, will be found to be happily and 
prosperously and permanently peopled by vigorous and alN triumphing oflshoots 
of the white races only. 


Adams, John, 177, 178. 

Adams, John Quincy, 178. 

African Anecdotes, 130-133. 

African Repository, 170. 

Agassiz, Prof. Louis, 210. 

Albinos, 223-226. 

Alexander, James Edward, 31, 76, 120. 

American Writers on the Negro, 173- 

Andersson, Charles John, 48, 49, 86, 95, 

133, 170. 
«* Ariel," 219. 

Baker, Samuel White, 16, 17, 33, 34, 42, 

50, 75, 85, 93, 94, 115, 116, 118, 119, 

123, 134, 146, 153, 162, 163. 
Baldwin, William Charles, 101, 104. 
Barbarity and Blood-thirstiness of the 

Negroes, 29-37. 
Barrow, Sir John, 120, 159, 168. 
Barth, Henry, 40, 51, 78, 84, 91, 95, 129, 

Begging, Extortion, and Kobbery in 

Negroland, 82-89. 
Benton, Thomas Hart, 179. 
Black (color) disliked by the Negroes, 

Blair, Montgomery, 182, 183, 221. 
Blood-thirstiness and Barbarity of the 

Negroes, 29-37. 
Boston Post, 68. 
Bowen, T. J., 138. 
Britton, Harriette G., 27, 49. 

Brooks, James, 193, 194, 195. 
Bruce, James, 15, 64, 75, 166. 
Burial Rites in Negroland, 118-122. 
Burmeister, Dr. Hermann, 122, 171, 

Burton, Richard F., 32, 40, 51, 52, 63, 81, 

82, 83, 89, 90, 99, 104, 114, 119, 120, 

128, 138, 141, 142, 154, 155, 163, 164, 

Butcheries and sacrifices (human) in 

Negroland, 19-25. 

California Legislature, 222. 

CaUIie, Rene, 43, 101, 146, 147, 156. 

Campbell, John, 92, 111, 144, 156. 

Cannibalism in Negroland, 15-19. 

Canot, Theodore, 24, 25, 34-37, 44, 64, 
76, 114, 123, 132, 169. 

Carousals in Negroland, 80-82. 

Caucasian Races, increasing Pre-emi- 
nence and Predominance of the, 

Clapperton, Hugh, 38, 48, 80, 97, 103, 
108, 109, 121, 127, 142, 143. 

Clay, Henry, 179. 

Color (black) disliked by the Negroes, 

Courtship, Marriage, and Concubinage 
in Negroland, 105-117. 

Cowardice of the Negroes, 125-130. 

Cox, S. S., 188, 189. 

Crawfurd, John, 217. 

Cruickshank, Brodie, 41, 58, 135, 145, 



Cumming, Gordon, 71, 84, 153. ] 

Customs, Habits, and Manners, in Ne- 

groland, 138-152. 
Cuvier, 218, 227. 

Darwin, Charles, 218, 219. 

Decrease of the Negro Race, 158-161. 

Denham, Dixon, 95, 131. 

Denham and Clapperton, 16, 38, 91, 108, 
128, 143, 166. 

Dishonesty of the Negroes, 94-97, 

Doctors in Negroland, 70-74. 

Doolittle, James R., 184, 185, 186. 

Douglas, Stephen A., 182. 

Drayson, Alfred W., 49, 114, 168. 

Drunkenness and Debauchery in Ne- 
groland, 79, 80. 

Du Chaillu, Raul B., 17-19, 26, 33, 44, 
53-50, 59, 60, 72, 73, 77, 79, 93, 97, 
112, 113, 125, 126, 130, 138, 148, 149, 
156, 158, 159, 172. 

Duncan, John, 23, 25, 28, 33, 39, 69, 77, 
96, 110, 122, 145, 146, 170. 

English, Thom&s Dunn, 216. 
Extinction (probable) of the Negro 

Race, 158-161. 
Extortion and Robbery in Negroland, 


Failure of Missionary Enterprises in 

Negroland, 134-138. 
Fetichism, Priestcraft, and Idolatry 

in Negroland, 57-70. 
Fisher, Sydney George, 196, 197, 231. 
Foote, Andrew H., 28, 30, 65, 136. 
Freeman, J. J., 21-23, 31, 68, 71, 121, 159, 

Funeral Rites in Negroland, 118-122. 

Glover, Samuel T., 213. 

Gluttony of the Negroes, 100-102. 
Godwin, Parke, 215. 
Guyot, Arnold, 227, 228. 

Habits, Manners, and Customs in Ne- 
groland, 138-152. 

Harris, Cornwallis, 39, 84, 102. 

Helper, Hinton R. (Extracts from 
"Nojoque"), 199-208. See also 
the Introduction and the Appen- 
dixes to the volume in hand. 

Hendricks, Thomas A., 187. 

Human Butcheries and Human Sacri- 
fices in Negroland, 19-25. 

Hutchinson, Thomas J., 29, 94, 104, 126, 
154, 226. 

Huts, Hovels, and Holes (but no 
Houses) in Negroland, 152-158. 

Huxley, Thomas H., 17. 

Idolatry in Negroland, 57-70. 

Indolence and Improvidence of the 
Negroes, 122-125. 

Inhospitality to Strangers in Negro- 
land, 82-89. 

Increasing Pre-eminence and Predom- 
inance of the White Races, 227- 

Jefferson, Thomas, 173-177, 220, 224. 

Kicherer, Mr., 92, 150. 
Krapf, Louis, 87, 134, 160. 

Lander, Richard, 24, 37, 62, 63, 75, 81, 91, 
92, 97, 100, 105, 109, 126, 153, 107. 

Lawlessness and Misery in Negroland 

Laziness of the Negroes, 122-125. 

Lichtenstein, Dr. Henry, 91, 101, 111, 
112, 148, 157, 158, 169. 

Lieber, Francis, 228. 



Lincoln, Abraham, 180, 181. 

Livingstone, Cliarles, 26. 

Livingstone, David, 21, 28, 30, 47, 60, 61, 
70, 76, 80, 101, 102, 103, 110, 121, 
122, 137, 138, 139, 140, 157, 171, 172. 

London Dispatch, 135. 

Lopez, Eduardo, 17. 

Lyell, Sir Charles, 165. 

Lying, an African Accomplishment, 97, 

Macbrair, R. M., 90. 

Mann, Horace, 235. 

Manners, Habits, and Customs in Ne- 
groland, 138-152. 

Marriage and Concubinage in Negro- 
land, 105-117. 

Mental, Physical, and Moral Differ- 
ences between the Whites and 
the Blacks, 162-172. 

Missionary Enterprises, Failure of in 
Negroland, 134-138. 

Moffat, Robert, 30, 48, 100, 132, 150, 

Moore, Francis, 51, 79, 98, 118, 132. 

Morton, Samuel George, 209, 210. 

Mulattoes, the Offspring of Crimes 
against Nature, 216-223. 

Mumbo Jumbo in Negroland, 117, 118. 

Mungen, William, 190, 191. 

Murray, Hugh, 19, 20, 41, 49, 65, 86, 89, 
110, 137, 142, 155, 167. 

Nakedness and Shamelessness in Ne- 
groland, 75-78. 
National Intelligencer, 129. 
New American Cyclopaedia, 225. 
New York Tribune, 136, 173. 
Night Carousals in Negroland, 80-82, 
North British Review, 229. 
Nott, Josiah Clark, 211, 216, 233. 

Ogilby, John, 15, 16, 78, 87, 96, 98, 128, 
133, 149. 

Park, Mungo, 37, 87, 88, 94, 104, 127, 153, 

Parker, Theodore, 234. 
Parton James, 214. 
Penury and Misery in Negroland, 89- 

Physical, Mental, and Moral Differences 

between the Wttites and the 

Blacks, 162, 172. 
Polygamy in Negroland, 105-117. 
Priestcraft, Fetichism, and Idolatry in 

Negroland, 57-70. 
Probable Extinction of the Negro 

Race, 158-161. 
Prostitution and Nakedness in Negro- 
land, 75-78. 

Rain-doctors in Negroland, 70-74. 

Raleigh Register, 124. 

Reade, Winwood, 32, 57, 77, 90, 95, 104, 

116, 117, 125, 136, 150, 165, 166. 
Richardson, James, 61, 125, 144, 167. 
Robbing Strangers in Negroland, 82-89. 

Sacrifices, human, in Negroland, 19- 

Scott, Anna M., 87, 114, 137, 146. 

Seward, Wm. H., 179, 180. 

Shamelessness and Nakedness in Ne- 
groland, 75-78. 

Skulls, human, as sacred Relics and 
Ornaments in Negroland, 25-29. 

Slavery and the Slave-trade in Negro- 
land, 37-44. 

Smith, Charles Hamilton, 41, 170, 229, 

Speke, John Hanning, 42, 50, 98, 123, 
130, 131, 160. 

Steedman, Andrew, 45, 72, 144. 



Strangers, Inhospitality to, in Negro- 
land, 82-89. 
Superstition and Witchcraft in Negro- 
land, 45-57. 

Theft as a Fine Art among the Afri- 
cans, M-97. 

Timidity and Cowardice of the Ne- 
groes, 125-130. 

Thurman, A. G., 187. 

Untruthfulness of the Negroes, 97, 98. 

Valdez, Francisco Travassos, 17, 31, 43, 
53, 77, 84, 112, 125, 147, 148. 

Van Evrie, J. H., 211, 212. 

Venality of the Negroes, 98-100. 

Voracity and Gluttony of the Negroes, 

Webster, Daniel, 178, 179, 235. 

Westminster Review, 85. 

Weston, George M., 215, 231, 232. 

Wheelock, E. M., 161. 

White (color), the Negro's Affection for 
the, 102-105. 

White Negroes (Albinos), 223-226. 

White Races, Pre-eminence and Pre- 
dominance of the, 227-236. 

White, Richard Grant, 213, 214, 232. 

Wilson, J. Leighton, 21, 39, 45, 65, 66, 
72, 103, 105, 106, 107, 108, 118, 128, 
151, 226. 

Witchcraft in Negroland, 45-57. 

Wrangling and Lawlessness in Negro- 
land, 89-94. 

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